Elizabethtown teen raises $25,000 for charity, in honor of sister

Left to Right: Andy Wells, Ricky Leinwand, Sylvia Campbell, Ryan Godwin, Pete Hansen, Cade Hancock. (Photo: Operation Smile)

Elizabethtown, NC (WWAY) — It’s a record breaking fundraising frenzy for sixteen-year-old Cade Hancock. He raised $25,000 to give to charity Operation Smile and a grant program.

“This is pretty cool.  I exceeded expectations and it’s all for a good cause,” said Hancock.

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Hancock, a student at Harrells Christian Academy, is one of dozens of junior golfers who took part in the American Junior Golf Association’s (AJGA) Leadership Links competition.

“I was a little nervous.  I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to raise much money,” Hancock added.

The teen raised the most money in the history of the charitable contest, $25,000.

“I knocked on doors, I wrote letters and I spoke to members of my church.  I didn’t give-up and people donated,” Hancock said. “It feels good to give back,” he added.

Half of the money raised goes to the participant’s charity of choice. The other half goes to the AJGA’s grant program for underprivileged junior golfers. Hancock’s charity of choice is Operation Smile. The organization offers free surgeries to kids around the world who are born with a cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformity.

“My sister, Cassie, was born with a cleft. She had more than a dozen surgeries to correct her cleft.  This is personal for me. I’m happy I can help other kids who were born with a condition like my sister,” said Hancock.