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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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December 9, 2018

The Cold Hard Facts – 5 Years

We are now more than 5 years post Ethan’s injury. We are enormously grateful for all of the love we continue to receive from our family, our community and Team Ethan. Your generosity and support have kept our family grounded.

Ethan has remained hospital-free over the past 1.5 years! We are focused on providing Ethan with the therapies and care needed to remain comfortable. Your past and future support provide us with the resources to continue these services.

As we approach the 6th Annual Eighth Night for Ethan, we wanted to summarize why we keep pursuing these fundraising events – not by choice, but by necessity.

Ethan continues to be covered by three different health insurance policies (private insurance, Medicaid and a program for children in the state of Ohio). These three policies cover about 90% of Ethan’s care; the other 10% is paid by funds we raise through Help Hope Live or from out-of-pocket payments.

For the past 5 years, Ethan’s cost of care has exceeded $1,000,000 per year. This is not a typo – more than one million dollars per year. We are very thankful to the amazing medical team that cares for Ethan. Over $100,000 per year of out-of-pocket expenses are needed to care for Ethan. This is where Help Hope Live and Team Ethan make a huge impact. The fundraisers that are done on behalf of Ethan directly impact Ethan’s care. They give him access to therapies and care that are necessary.

All contributions to Help Hope Live in honor of Ethan are tax deductible. Consider becoming a Team Ethan All-Star by signing up for recurring contributions to Ethan’s campaign. No amount is too small.

Did you know…
$1,050 ($88 per month) = 30 hours of nursing care for 1 weekend of rest away from home.
$400 ($33 per month) = 2 therapy sessions per year. If you can afford $50 or $100 per month, it will make a lasting impact.
$275 ($23 per month) = 8 hours of nursing care per year.
$216 ($18 per month (Chai)) = A tremendous help.

Anyone who signs up for automatic monthly contributions will receive a car magnet to display your Team Ethan pride around town!

We enjoy hearing from you at and Please stay engaged with Team Ethan.

With strength and love – Happy Holidays,

Alexia and Scott Kadish
Loveland, Ohio

December 7, 2018

Eighth Night for Ethan 2018: Kadish family grateful that support continues for sixth year

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December 10, 2018

I've been following Ethan's triumphs and tribulations over the past five years. My heart goes out to all of you. Your support and strength is remarkable. Although I am from a different camp, the camp community stretches far and wide, and we all come together in times of need. Good luck with your and Ethan's progress.

Celia Baczkowski

December 10, 2018

The Franklin family and friends from GUCI sends continued good wishes and love to Ethan on his journey.

Stacie Franklin

December 10, 2018

Eighth night for Ethan 2018

Kerschner Family

December 10, 2018

So glad to help Ethan!

Melinda Disney