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HARROD —The grounds of Allen East School will become a carnival next Saturday, all because Matthew Moritz’s school family wants to help him.Matthew is a fourth grader at the school. The carnival, including an auction and chicken dinners, will help his family pay mounting medical bills. Matthew, the son of David and Kimberly Moritz, was diagnosed at birth with cerebral palsy. While recovering at home from a routine surgery in November, he began displaying signs of a secondary medical issue. After several weeks of emergency room and hospital visits, Matthew was diagnosed with a viral infection of the brain. The life-threatening infection compromised his ability to eat, breathe and communicate. After two months at Dayton Children’s Hospital, Matthew returned home in early February, but the family anticipates months — and possibly years — of nursing care and home therapy in his rehabilitation.The carnival will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. May 21 at the school. It will include a petting zoo, face painting, football toss, cake walk, corn hole tournament, football toss, 50-50 raffle and food. An auction will begin at 7 p.m. Chicken dinners will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. Pre-sale tickets are $7. Order tickets by calling 419-648-3333, ext. 2002 or 2003. You can comment on this story at www.limaohio.com.

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