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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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July 29, 2021

Ethan celebrated his 21st birthday at the Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati with his family and a few close friends. Our friends Lucy May and Terry Helmer from WCPO were there to cover these very special moments.

July 20, 2021

We celebrated Ethan’s 21st Birthday at the new Hard Rock Casino – Cincinnati. He had a blast playing the slots! Ethan started with $20 and cashed out with $26! Not bad for his first time gambling.
After a VIP Tour, Ethan was presented with a generous gift of $2100 from Hard Rock Casino – Cincinnati on a guitar shaped check made out to Help Hope Live in honor of his 21st birthday!!!

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December 31, 2021

Our love to Ethan and the entire Kadish family. We think of you often Arnie & Louise

Louise Epstein

December 25, 2021


Beth Miles

December 25, 2021

As a fellow GUCI alum, sending our best wishes to Ethan and family for a brighter 2022 filled with love and good health.

Daniel Nestel

December 22, 2021

Sending love to Ethan and the entire Kadish family. You are in my prayers every single day!

Darryl and Bonnie Dick


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