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Local youth showcase talent to benefit Cincinnati boy struck by lightning

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Last summer, twelve-year-old Ethan Kadish was at summer camp in Indiana where he was plying Frisbee. Without warning he was struck by lightning which cause severe brain damage to the youngster. As this year unfolds, his situation is still very serious. Although he has made some progress, there is still a long road to recovery ahead. His brain is struggling to make new connections and he is fighting to regain his ability to walk and talk.

After the tragedy, many of Ethan’s friends wanted to help. Alex Berko, a Solon High School senior (who was born in Cincinnati and whose family has been friends with the Kadishes for many years) and Greg Davidson, a Solon High School freshman (who has spent many summers at Goldman Union Camp Institute, the same camp Ethan attended) wanted to do something concrete to aid in Ethan’s recover.

Thus the idea for a benefit concert was born. It is a well known fact among Ethan’s friends that he loves music and was featured in the musical “The Music Man” last school year. It was thus decided that the boys would pool their talents as well as the talents of many of their friends so that they could honor Ethan’s love of music as well as raise money for a worthy cause.

Alex will be playing the piano and singing in a quartet. Greg will be leading a sing-along of some of his favorite camp songs as well as a selection from “The Music Man”. Other friends have signed on as well including: Ally Benjamin, Sam Benjamin, Jessie Pollak, Charlotte Fallick, Brett Castro, Elliot Lang, Kyle Fisher from Solon High School and Alexa Askari from Orange High School.

Many others friends will be joining the group to help orchestrate the program, including Dylan Seigler, a Solon resident and University School student who was a cabin mate of Ethan’s last summer; and Sara Schwalberg, an Ithaca College sophomore who was one of Ethan’s unit counselors at Goldman Union Camp Institute last summer. Cantor Laurel Barr will be providing accompaniment.

The event will take place Sunday, February 9, 2014at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, 23737 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio at 7:30pm. The concert is free to attend but donations are strongly encouraged.

Ethan’s family learned that his yearly medical expenses could top $1 million. To assist with the immense task of financing uninsured therapies, home modifications and other injury-related expenses, a fundraising campaign in Ethan's honor has been established with HelpHOPELive at http://www.helphopelive.org/. All contributions are tax deductible and will support HelpHOPELive, part of the Great Lakes Catastrophic Injury Fund, a non-profit organization that is helping Ethan's family.

To learn more about Ethan, visit http://jointeamethan.org.

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