Sandy Harrold, H54H’s first spotlight survivor, passed away on December 27, 2016. In the summer of 2007 Sandy began experiencing pain in her abdomen. After many doctors’ visits and a colonoscopy she was diagnosed with Stage Four Colon Cancer and began chemotherapy. While this devastating news and long road ahead could have discouraged her, Sandy took a stand and determined that she would not let cancer stop her from living her life.
Born in Chelsea, MA, she was a daughter of the late Carroll and Eileen McKenna Cook. She graduated from Norfolk Catholic High School, Florence-Darlington Technical College, and Francis Marion University. She was the pool manager for the Hartsville County Club and the Lakeview Club; treasurer of Virginia National Bank, Equity Division; administrative assistant at St. Mary Catholic Church; and an accountant with Sonoco Products Co.
Surviving are her husband of 42 years, Richard Paul “Rick” Harrold of Hartsville, SC; children, Diane (Jon) Renck, Daniel (Allison) Harrold, Michelle (Daugenet) Breaux; grandchildren, Lauren and Megan Renck, Clover Harrold, Jules and Louis Breaux; brothers, Dennis (Donna) Cook, Timothy (Erin) Cook, Tom (Pam) Cook; sisters, Judy (Frank) Sullivan, Theresa (Robert) Winfield, Mary Cook, Patricia (Raymond) Stiles, Barbara (David) Sutherland.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the High Fives for Hope, online at highfivesforhope.org or by mail at 13087 Isleworth Ridge Ct., Jacksonville, FL 32225 or to SCOA Cares Foundation, 166 Stoneridge Dr., Columbia, SC 29210.
Carroll Cook with first spotlight survivor Sandy Harrold
In the summer of 2007 Sandy Harrold began experiencing pain in her abdomen. After many doctors’ visits and a colonoscopy she was diagnosed with Stage Four Colon Cancer and began chemotherapy. While this devastating news and long road ahead could have discouraged her, Sandy took a stand and determined that she would not let cancer stop her from living her life.
Aided by her fierce determination, Sandy returned to work after just two months of treatment. The support of her family and co-workers allowed Sandy to quickly get back to her life as an accountant.
Sandy also became more active after learning that exercise can help beat cancer. “My husband bought me a bike,” she says, “and after one year of chemo, I rode with my husband in a 10 mile bike ride.” Sandy’s optimism continues throughout her battle, motivated by her strong will to not let cancer consume her life.
A later scan showed nodules forming in Sandy’s intestines and she resumed chemotherapy. Both Sandy and her doctors were hopeful that with early detection of the nodules and quick treatment with chemo her cancer would be kept under control. “I have a great team of doctors and nurses taking care of me and I am confident in what we are doing, ” says Sandy. She is very thankful for her husband’s superb care and she promises to “continue to give 110% to fighting this battle head on.”
Sandy recently learned that her treatments are not working as well as hoped. Her doctors are currently reassessing her condition to see if they can find a more effective plan of treatment. Sandy continues to remain positive throughout this process and is confident that her doctors will find the right treatment.
Please help us bring comfort and relief to Sandy’s day to day life by donating today. All funds gathered will go to providing in-house cleaning services for Sandy’s home.