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PERU - Support continues to grow for Christopher Goheens, a young boy with serious heart problems.

Christopher's uncle, Shawn Agoney, is organizing a Texas Hold 'Em tournament this Saturday, March 27, to raise money for his 8-year-old nephew's ongoing medical expenses.

The Peru Primary School third-grader has a condition known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which requires much medical attention and has caused him severe health problems in the past. His condition has required him to have routine visits to Boston Children's Hospital to see a specialist, which is not an inexpensive thing, said Agoney.

"It costs a lot of money to go to Boston, which I'm sure can be stressful," said Agoney. "We wanted to do this because if he ends up getting really, really sick, the money's there to get him where he needs to be."

The tournament was originally scheduled to be held at the Rainbow Wedding and Banquet Hall on Woods Falls Road, but, due to a scheduling conflict, the hall was unavailable and the tournament location was changed, said Agoney. It will now be held at the Ganienkeh Territorial High Stakes Bingo on Devils Den Road.

"Peck [Sample, owner of the Rainbow Wedding and Banquet Hall] has been great," said Agoney. "He's been more than willing to help us and he's going to have signs up at his place to let people know the location's been changed."

As for Christopher, his grandmother, Jane Way, said he "is holding his own right now" and seems to do better as the weather gets warmer.

"He is acting like a pretty normal 8 year old," she said. "For right now, all seems to be okay - not great, but okay."

Way said her grandson will be going to a two-week camp in Boston for cardiac-impaired children this summer, run by Boston Children's Hospital. It will be his second time attending.

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