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Great memories shared—Great memories created

Great memories shared—Great memories created

Sometimes making a decision gets compounded by multiple factors. This happened to us in the days leading to past weekend and fortunately everything ended up very well.

Last year, Scott and I attended our first Parents Weekend at Washington University—we got to visit Zakary while learning more about his campus, meeting his friends and taking him out to wonderful eateries around the city. After that successful weekend, we set our sights to Parents Weekend 2016 and started to hatch a plan. My father, Bill, a graduate of Washington University (Chemistry 1956), had never returned to St. Louis nor the university after graduation.Family 6 10-28-2016 10-07-05 AM 2013x3017 Scott and I thought it would be incredible to have dad and his wife, Barbara, meet us in St. Louis and attend Parents Weekend 2016 together. They were fully onboard and made airplane reservations, and we all looked forward to the weekend with anticipation. What we couldn’t plan on was another admission for Ethan to CCHMC. Ethan was admitted on October 15, less than two weeks before we were to leave for St. Louis. While this provided some stress, we kept optimistic that he would be discharged well before we were scheduled to leave. The first week quickly turned into the second, and as our departure date rapidly approached we had to reassess. We formulated several scenarios, including whether or not I should head out by myself. Not what we had envisioned. With the encouragement of the doctors and nurses, as well as the tireless efforts of great friends who coordinated hospital shifts so Ethan was never alone, Scott and I both made the trip to St. Louis.

In addition to the numerous friends signed on to be with Ethan, the timing was such that my mom was also in Cincinnati, and she played a great role in providing company for Ethan, before, during and after our trip to St. Louis. We coordinated with the medical team to have a daily update and that we could always be reached by phone, day or night. 

While in St. Louis, we were able to explore the campus, all while reliving through my dad’s footsteps his years spent on campus.Family 6 10-29-2016 9-50-36 AM 3030x2029 We learned about his dorm and work experiences, as well as the incredible professors who helped shape his future. And so much more—it felt like the halls echoed his stories. Family 6 10-28-2016 10-15-33 AM 2448x3264 One of the highlights of the weekend was attending a presentation by the chancellor of Washington University, Mark Wrighton, someone whom my dad admires very much. Family 6 10-29-2016 11-05-50 AM 2448x3264We even took a side trip downtown for a viewing of the St. Louis Arch, something dad had never seen as it wasn’t constructed until 1965. Family 6 10-29-2016 1-34-27 PM 2448x3264A wonderful weekend was had by all and as promised, we were kept abreast of Ethan’s situation at CCHMC. This was a memorable experience and our hearts are grateful to so many who made it possible. 

Shabbat Shalom,

Alexia and Scott

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6 Comments on "Great memories shared—Great memories created"

  • Mark S. Anshan says

    Alexia and Scott:

    Just catching up on email having returned from travels.  Wonderful report on your trip to St. Louis.  Hope and prayers continue for Ethan and the family.  Thinking of you with love from Toronto.  Mark


  • Adrienne Davidson says

    Hello Kadish family! I am just seeing these Team Ethan posts today as I have been having some problems with my gmail account. So better late than never… allow me to send my love and prayers to Ethan. I don't know if he has had his surgery by now… but I hope he has and that he is recovering well. It was lovely to read about your trip to Washington University with your Dad. It must have been an absolutely wonderful experience to witness the generations together and to see the glint in your Dad's eye as memories flooded his mind. How wonderful. Thinking of you all and keeping an eye on the Team Ethan Lotsa page for anything that I am able to help with. Chazak chazak! 




  • Linda says

    What an amazing story!  Thanks for sharing and I'm so happy that you were able to go!  It looks as if the weather cooperated too.


  • Scott Cohn says

    How very nice. As a 3rd generation Wash U. alum I hope to walk the campus with my grandchildren.

    Have to convince at least one of my kids to go first.

    Enjoy the memories.

  • Stella Leontsini says

    Happy to have been part of all this and spent precious time with my little Ethan.

    • Judy Lynch says

      What a blessing for the whole family that you were there, Stella!

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