SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A year ago, our latest Athlete of the Week Jack Sheridan didn’t know when he would step on the play baseball again— he was battling leukemia.
10 months later, Sheridan is still in remission, but the CBA standout is back to doing what he loves.
He’s also signed on to play at Le Moyne College next season.
“I realized that I wanted to be able to stay close to home. I wanted to continue to have a positive impact on the community. I also wanted to be able to finish out treatment with my same doctors and just finish up here,” Sheridan said.
Sheridan isn’t finished giving back to the community. Earlier this year, Jack attended Blessed Sacrament School to read to their students. On Tuesday, he was surprised with a check in honor of the Patrick Wiese Foundation.
“It is a great feeling. It just means that I am making an impact on people around me in the community. It is also awesome that I am able to help an awesome role model and person I look up too in Pat Wiese,” Sheridan said.
For Jack Sheridan being able to be a leader in the community and play the game he loves is a blessing every day.
“Sort of a wave of emotions comes over me because of everything that I have been through. I have had to sit out a few years. Just happiness and I am sort of at peace when I am out there on the mound because I don’t have to worry about when my next treatment is or taking my medicine at night. I just get to worry about playing my favorite game,” Sheridan said.
Come this spring, Jack hopes to help his Brothers and teammates at CBA back to a section championship.
“I think my disease is sort of helped me with not only sports but life in general because you get a different perspective of things. Little things like walking a batter or making errors behind me don’t bother me now because I have seen how much worse things can be,” he said.
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