Today, on this 8th day of Hanukkah (December 4th) for 18 hours, URJ Camp George is hosting a fundraising flash mob in honor of Ethan Kadish.
WHO IS ETHAN KADISH:
Camp George is one of 14 URJ Camps across North America. On June 29th, at one of our URJ sister camps (Goldman Union Camp Institute) near Indianapolis, a 13-year-old camper named Ethan Kadish was teaching a group of younger children how to play Ultimate Frisbee, when a bolt of lightening struck him to the ground. Ethan suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken in critical condition to the local Children’s Hospital. He was placed in an induced coma and was breathing through a respirator.
When Ethan stabilized, doctors arranged emergency air transport to Cincinnati so he could receive treatments closer to home by brain injury rehabilitation experts. Ethan remained in the Rehabilitation Unit at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for close to 150 days, until his discharge on November 20, 2013. He is now, finally, home.
At home, Ethan and his family face many additional challenges. He has a feeding tube and will need home nursing care. The Kadish family home has been modified with accommodations on the first floor for Ethan’s care.
To assist with the immense challenge of financing uninsured therapies, home modifications and other injury-related expenses, a fundraising campaign in Ethan’s honor has been established with HelpHOPELive, a nonprofit organization that has been assisting patients with brain trauma since 2000.
The family has chosen to fundraise with HelpHOPELive in part because HelpHOPELive assures fiscal accountability of funds raised and tax deductibility for American donors. Donors can be sure that funds donated will be used only to pay or reimburse medically-related expenses.
HOW WE, THE CAMP GEORGE COMMUNITY, ARE GOING TO HELP:
With a Hanukkah Fundraising Flash Mob!
WHY A FUNDRAISING FLASH MOB:
A Flash Mob is when a group of people come together to accomplish a single goal in an extraordinary way. And that’s just what we’re going to do! Together, Camp George and the wider Reform Community, will be coming together on December 4th to help make a difference for a family in our URJ Camp community.
Beginning at 6:00am Camp George will be collecting donations* through the HelpHOPELive website in multiples of $18 for 18 hours (hence, #18forEthan).
HOW TO JOIN THE FLASH MOB:
1) Make a donation to HelpHOPELive
2) Email Mindy Webber (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let her know you made the donation.
3) Tell Mindy if it is okay to publicly thank you on Facebook and Twitter
Don’t miss the excitement unfold on Facebook and Twitter through the #18forEthan hashtag for the next 18 hours (from 6:00am to Midnight). We are going to show our strength as a community on this Hanukkah as we watch Ethan go from strength to strength in his recovery.
*Note for Canadian Families: As Help Hope Live is in the United States, Canadian donors will not receive a tax receipt for their gift.