Much more can come from cancer than just the struggle. At first I was asking why me, but now I think there is a reason He picked me, I don’t think God would have given me anything I can’t handle. I think he wanted someone to inspire people, and bring people together. Now I don’t really ask why me, I think it’s…why not me. – Jack Sheridan
OMT16 was inspired by Jack Sheridan, a young baseball pitcher from Syracuse, New York who was diagnosed with Leukemia his sophomore year of High School. Jack never thought he was going to be able to pitch again, let alone survive. The threat of having baseball taken away from him really proved how much the sport and the ability to compete athletically meant to him.
Now, three and a half years later, Jack is a student-athlete at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. Jack survived because of his doctors and the treatment he received at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. We want to give other children battling cancer, the opportunity to do the exact same.
Each year approximately 15,700 children under the age of 18 are diagnosed with cancer and sadly 12% of those children will not survive. That means that today alone, in this country, approximately 43 children will be diagnosed. By supporting us, you will help relieve that pain, that suffering, and that loneliness felt by those children and their families. OMT16 creates the “WE” in team.
We strive to ensure no child feels alone in their fight against cancer. Our mission is to provide personal comfort and support to pediatric oncology patients, families and caregivers. Every child will know they are a part of something bigger – part of a team focused on fighting and winning their battle together.
At OMT16 we value the meaning of the word empathy because we need to have emotional understanding. On a daily basis we are encountering children and families who have been impacted by cancer, and we need to do the best we can, to put ourselves in their shoes and understand the feelings they might be having.
At OMT16 we value the meaning of the word compassion because we need to have genuine concern for the hardships that the children and families we encounter face. Compassion isn’t a single, sympathetic utterance, but is rather made up of presence and engagement; we need to open our arms, and our hearts, and let these children and families know that we care.
At OMT16 we need to respect the time of the child, the child’s family, as well as the athletes who are supporting us and our donors!
At OMT16, we have people counting on us, we have children and their families counting on us, and we will not let them down. We pride ourselves on being trustworthy and consistent with our work.
At OMT16, we will be honest, good people. We will always do the right thing and we will make sure our children and their families come first. We will have good moral principles.
THE STARTING LINEUP
Meet the starting lineup of the team that strives to ensure no child feels alone in their fight against cancer. We would also like to personally thank all of our volunteers for their hard work:
Kim Sheridan • Andy Sheridan • Tori Shaffer