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
On My Team16 was inspired by Jack Sheridan, a young baseball pitcher from Syracuse, NY. Jack was diagnosed with Leukemia on May 29th, 2014, his sophomore year of high school. Through the tremendous support and encouragement from family, friends, strangers and the medical community, Jack was able to beat cancer after 3 ½ years of treatment. Jack is currently attending college and playing baseball at Le Moyne in Syracuse.
Experiencing firsthand the positive impact that can result from providing personal comfort and support to pediatric oncology patients, On My Team16 was created by Jordan Zapisek (Sheridan) – Jacks older sister. OMT16 strives to ensure no child feels alone in their fight against cancer. Every child will know they are a part of something bigger – part of a team focused on fighting and winning their battle together.
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 OMT16, 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 comfort and support 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.
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.