Carroll Cook

Carroll Cook & Sandy HarroldCarroll Cook with first spotlight survivor Sandy Harrold

H54H Largest Benefactor Passes From AML

Throughout the years High Fives For Hope (H54H) has been supported by the generous donations from individual, and corporate, benefactors.  Through our bowling events, “Cocktails For A Cure” mixers, sponsorship of a child at Camp Boggy Creek, and (our most popular) “H54H Race For Hope”, one benefactor has went above and beyond.  Carroll T. Cook not only was our largest financial contributors over the years, but volunteered his time at multiple events and outreach programs.  H54H management, staff, and all High Fivers mourn the loss of Mr. Cook to AML (Leukemia).  Please keep Mr. Cook in your thoughts and know that H54H will always strive to commit to the mission, vision, and values that Mr. Cook found in High Fives For Hope!



CDR Carroll T. Cook, USN (RET), 87, passed away August 31, 2014 after a brief battle with Leukemia. He was born December 29, 1926, and grew up in South Bend, Indiana.

Carroll enlisted in the Navy in December 1943. After WWII, he attended Purdue University and then re-entered the Navy in July 1949 as a Naval Aviator. In 1954, he participated in the detonation of seven Atomic Bombs in the Bikini Atoll as part of Operation Castle. He served in WWII, Korea, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Vietnam. He remained on active duty until his retirement on June 1, 1977. Upon retirement, he worked for Cerberonics Corporation, as the worldwide Logistical Support Manager for all U.S. Armed Forces DC 9 Aircraft.

He was married for 58 years to his late devoted wife, Eileen (McKenna). He is survived by nine children and their spouses. He was blessed with twenty-five grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Bette McKenna.

The family will receive friends at Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home on Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. A Mass will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Friday September 5, 2014 at 11a.m. The interment with full Military Honors will be at the Jacksonville National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Cancer Foundation, High Fives For Hope, Inc., 555 Winderley Place, Suite 300, Maitland, FL 32751; or online by clicking the paypal donate link on this page.