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Ethan’s Story

On June 29, 2013, at URJ-Goldman Union Camp Institute, a summer camp near Indianapolis, a sudden burst of lightning struck on the athletic field where Ethan was out enjoying some Ultimate Frisbee with other campers. Everything changed for Ethan in that one moment. He was taken in critical condition to a local Children’s Hospital, where the doctors and nurses worked around the clock to stabilize him and assess his injuries. Ethan suffered a severe brain injury as a result of his injuries.

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May 4, 2021

#TeamEthanKadish “Hope Travels” 5K

On Sunday, May 16th, join supporters of “Team Ethan” locally, across the country and the world as we gather (virtually) to run, walk, roll or ride indoors or outside, 5 km (3.1 miles) to raise funds for Ethan.

Here’s how you can get involved:

• Participate in the 5K: Join us virtually on May 16th. You choose how and where you would like to participate. To join, click our dedicated link Enter your email address and a password to sign up. There is a $25 donation to register. You’ll receive a teal “Hope Travels” t-shirt to wear too! Once you register, your name will be listed with “Amount Raised: $0”. Rest assured, your $25 registration fee is going directly to Ethan’s account (you’ll receive your tax receipt for the $25 after the May 16th event). For additional donations, you’ll receive your tax receipt right away.

• Fundraise: We invite you to use your own personal fundraising link to get others to support you through donations. When you do that (or if you donate to yourself as a team member), your “Amount Raised” number will go up!

• Donate: We would love for you to support Team Ethan here. Under “Team Name” type: Team Ethan, and click on “Donate”. You can click on a specific Team Ethan participant if you’d like to support that person’s fundraising efforts. You will (virtually) cheer on the entire team as they run, walk, roll or ride for Ethan on May 16th!
All donations to Ethan’s campaign are tax-deductible and will go directly to help cover Ethan’s expenses. Follow us on Facebook @JoinTeamEthan and our blog at

December 17, 2020

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May 12, 2021

I hold Ethan in my thoughts and prayers.

Lorie Kleiner Eckert

May 10, 2021

Will Run 5 K in Ethan's honor on 5-16-2021

Tom Nelson

March 31, 2021

Sending love from the Gunn family.

Jamie Gunn

December 31, 2020

We're thinking of you. Love, The Wetzler Family

Carolyn and Howard Wetzler


Hope Travels Virtual 5K: Sunday, May 16, join us in the race for relief from medical debt! You choose the pace, place, and time of your race – and who it benefits. Register Now