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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 the 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 26, 2022

'Eighth Night for Ethan' annual fundraiser support remains strong

By: Kendria Lafleur Posted at 11:38 PM, Dec 25, 2022 and last updated 11:38 PM, Dec 25, 2022

CINCINNATI — The support continues years later for a Loveland family, whose son was struck by lightning in 2013. Ethan Kadish survived but was never the same after that incident.

It happened while Ethan was attending a Jewish summer camp. He was 12 years old. His heart was stopped, and his brain was without oxygen for 45 minutes.

He suffered a severe brain injury. During that time, nobody knew if he would survive, but by Hanukkah he was back home. It’s been a long road for Ethan and his family.

Ethan will need care and treatment for the rest of his life. To help with the costs, an annual fundraiser was created called the Eighth Night for Ethan. Ten years, after it began, the support remains strong.

“It’s really meaningfully to see,” Ethan’s sister Elyse said. “It was such a difficult situation to grow up with and being surrounded by so much love and support was so meaningful. It’s beautiful to see it’s still here and continues. “

Sunday, loved ones gathered for a movie night marking the 10th year of the fundraiser. After the movie they gathered in the lobby, lighting the menorah on the eight night of Hanukkah.

“As the candles bring light into all of our lives collectively, during the 8th nights of Hanukkah, we try to remember to also be that light throughout the rest of the year,” Ethan’s mom Alexia said.

It’s been a long road the Kadish family.

“It’s kind of tricky there’s been a lot of downs and some ups,” Alexia said. “We try to take it year by year. We’ve learned a lot along the way.”

The family works with the organization called Help Hope Live

“This allows people who would like to donate for Ethans care to donate in its tax deductible,” Alexia said.

Ethan’s father, Scott, explained how beneficial the fundraiser is, “It generates some awareness about Ethan and the challenges one has when they’re medically comprised and when they have lots of medical issues. It’s a way to help raise funds to cover those costs.”

If you’d like to make a donation and would like to learn more on Ethan’s story, click here.

December 13, 2022

Dear Team Ethan,

We are so thankful and grateful for all of your support over these past years. It is difficult to keep this group updated on all that is going on with Ethan, and please know that no news is good news in our world.

As we approach the eighth night of Chanukah, we will be recognizing the 10th Annual Eighth Night for Ethan fundraiser on December 25, 2022. All of the fundraisers held in honor of Ethan, are vitally important and allow us to continue to provide him with the best care and treatments available. Given Ethan’s injuries, he will require care and treatment for the rest of his life.

This year, as we recognize the 10th Annual Eighth Night for Ethan, we wanted to do something to give back to the Team Ethan community. We are renting out a local movie theater in Cincinnati and will treat our Team Ethan community to a recently released movie and some snacks.

Please pre-register for this special event by December 23rd at this link:

Once we receive your registration details, we will share the specifics of the event with you. You can plan on 4pm. We will be lighting the Chanukah menorah in-person and via Facebook Live @jointeamethan after the movie.

Donations to Ethan's Help Hope Live campaign are welcome.

We thank you for all of your support and look forward to seeing you on December 25th.

With love,

Alexia and Scott

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