Cancer survivor gets second chance to enjoy Hilton Head beach

info@islandpacket.comOctober 14, 2013 

Dr. William and Elena Lackland of Columbia ob a golf cart donated for their use during a special trip to the Hilton Head Island beach in August.



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Thanks to Rick Lackland of Atlanta for sharing the story of a special visit to Hilton Head Island.

"Dream Come True"

by Rick Lackland

In 1965 there was a two-lane swing-span bridge that brought you onto Hilton Head Island.

Much has changed over the years on the island but it still remains a special place for my parents, Dr. William and Elena Lackland of Columbia. They have spent time on the island for 48 years.

From the early years, they fondly remember the old Sea Crest Motel and spending evenings at the Crows Nest atop the oceanfront William Hilton Inn.

In the 1970s, they invested in a property that they still have today. Over all that time, there have been very few years that the couple and their family did not spend some time on the island, until recently.

For the past three years, my father has battled with cancer. The couple knew that even if they were able to make the trip to their beloved Hilton Head this year, there was no way they would be able to walk to the beach.

The American Cancer Society, volunteers and supporters made it happen this August.

Once the American Cancer Society's South Atlantic Division office in Bluffton heard of the story, Scott Krivda was contacted. Scott, manager of the First Federal office in Sea Pines, is volunteer chairman for the 2014 Relay for Life on Hilton Head. The relay is scheduled for June 13-14, 2014 at Honey Horn.

Scott reached out to Bob Shirley of Sea Pines and he offered my parents use of his golf cart for the week. Bob owns and operates Shirley Motors on Spanish Wells Road, which has been buying and selling used cars for 19 years. Bob has dealt with a few golf carts over the years, but in this case delivered a personal cart to my parents.

William and Elena did see the beach again, and spent time there during a week on the island surrounded by about 15 family members.

Dreams still do come true on Hilton Head Island.

Thank you to all.

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