Carson Kaye was just 4 months old when he died of a rare congential heart defect. "I was devastated, but I wanted to do something to help other children," says Erik Kaye, Cason's dad.
Enter the Carson Kaye Foundation, which holds an annual benefit hockey tournament in Bethlehem in Cason's honor. Starting this year, the Foundation has pledged $100,000 to be raised from tournament proceeds over the next five years and donated to the children's play area at the Children's Cancer and Multipurpose infusion Center, part of Lehigh Valley Children's Hospital.
"The bulk of the donation money comes from people who love playing hockey and want to do it for a good cause," says Erik, a self-described "hockey nut" who joined a league when he moved to the area nearly six years ago. But corporate sponsors, such as Steel Ice Center in Bethlehem, where the event is held, and the rink's restaurant, Steel Pub, play a big part in making the event a success, too.
Hats off to the organizers and participants who score for the kids of our community!