Giving Back

Why we give back?

At GDM we feel it is important to help repair the world. We know there are hundreds of thousands worthy causes and  we have strong ties both domestically and internationally. However, we have decided to give back to one in our own community. As we travel for business, we find donating to Team Ethan connects us to home.

Why do we give to Team Ethan?

The story of Ethan Kadish is one that hits close to home for GDM. Ethan is a Cincinnati local, one of our own. He grew up with Sara and Laura’s sons and they were very close.  His family has always been one to give generously of their time and money and now it is they, that need help. Please read on for Ethan’s story…

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 this tragedy.

Now at the age of 20, Ethan continues to require 24-hour care and support. It costs over $100,000 each year to support Ethan’s uninsured medical expenses. Costs include co-pays and deductibles associated with three health insurance policies; caregiving costs, and nursing care; and a myriad of therapies to help him re-establish basic functions within his brain.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Help Hope Live in honor of our son Ethan to ensure that he gets the best care available so that he can keep making progress. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law and are held by Help Hope Live in the Great Lakes Catastrophic Injury Fund. They are administered by Help Hope Live for injury-related expenses only.

To learn more about Ethan’s Story or make a donation toward Ethan’s support, visit our blog, or our Facebook page,

Stay Strong,
Alexia and Scott Kadish