December 2019 Volunteers Cheri & Henry Coleman in the spotlight

Facts About Cheri & Henry:


Henry is a native of the Lowcountry who spent his childhood in the Old Village. Cheri is also a native, growing up west of the Ashley. She and Henry met by happenstance when she was spending time one weekend with her cousin, who lived in Mt. Pleasant and happened to be a friend of Henry’s. They were both 16 at the time and have been together ever since. They were married in 1972 at St. Andrew’s Church, where Henry has been a member all his life. Cheri and Henry both worked for the U.S. government. Cheri worked in accounting while Henry worked in the Department of the Navy, testing the safety of submarines following repair work. Henry also served in the Air Force Reserve for 21 years and his missions included Panama and Desert Storm. They are now both retired. Henry has discovered a passion for repairing antique automobiles and Cheri loves taking care of their two pups. They have both been involved in various ministries at St. Andrew’s throughout the years and are currently active in a Life Group there that is very dear to them.

Diagnoses & Treatments:

In 2009, Cheri and Henry were each diagnosed with different forms of cancer. Henry was diagnosed first with prostate cancer. He had surgery for the cancer at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Two weeks after Henry’s diagnosis, Cheri was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a lumpectomy followed by radiation. In 2013, Cheri was diagnosed with a different type of breast cancer in the opposite breast. She had a double mastectomy in December 2013.

Cheri & Henry’s Resources for Dealing with Cancer:

While acknowledging that the period when they both had cancer was difficult, Cheri and Henry agree that, if it had to happen, they are glad it happened once they had moved back to Charleston. Their family, friends and fellow members of St. Andrew’s stepped in with both prayer and food. The Women of the Traditional Service at St. Andrews even provided food every night for a month. Being part of St. Andrew’s Church and their faith were a great blessing to them while they dealt with cancer.

Cheri & Henry and CanCare: