Students from several area schools and their families and friends took part in the 5th annual Caroling for a Cause in Cary and in Raleigh, raising more than $4,300 for cancer research at UNC Lineberger.
Organized by Michael Hodshon with help from his sister, Jennifer, the event was planned and carried out with great spirit and remarkable precision. Carolers distributed bookmarks and candy canes to houses they visited and sang holiday carols. At the end of their route, carolers went to “cocoa houses” for refreshments and warmth.
Michael and Jennifer are the founders of Bookmark My Word, a non-profit that sells bookmarks to raise funds for cancer research. Since moving to Cary in 2005, they have raised close to $20,000 for UNC Lineberger.
Jennifer, a fourth-grader at the time she and Michael began Bookmark My Word, is now a freshman at the University of South Carolina. Michael, then in kindergarten, is now in ninth grade. The Caroling for a Cause effort is an offshoot of their Bookmark organization and now has a companion group in North Raleigh. That group was started in 2008 by the Liebman siblings: Michael, Danny, Paul, and Greg.