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Hockey tournament for a good cause underway in Bethlehem

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Bethlehem, Pa. - A hockey tournament in Bethlehem is bringing out some competition and awareness this weekend.

The Carson Kaye Memorial Tournament looks to raise awareness for congenital heart defects and raise money for other ailments affecting children.

It was started four years ago by Erik Kaye after he lost his son Carson to several heart defects.

Carson died just days before the family was planning to move to the Lehigh Valley to be closer to CHOP for treatment.

Carson was just four-months-old.

"Any family that loses a child, it's just devastating," Kaye said.

Kaye is a hockey lover and believes his son would have grown to love the sport like him.

"It's a great cause, been doing it for three years, we'll probably do it until you have to drag me off the ice," said Tom Weisbacker.

"All up for a good cause, that's why we're here to play," said Chris Smedley.  "His story absolutely got to us."

This year the tournament is raising money for a new pediatric cancer unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

"If we can make one other kid smile for 30 seconds, it's all worth it," Kaye said.

The tournament of 16 teams will last all weekend at Steel Ice in Bethlehem.

Click here for information on the memorial and tournament.

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