Thousands are gearing up for this Sunday’s Boilermaker race in Utica, including a pair of Central New York siblings. Jordan and Jack Sheridan run On My Team 16, a group Jordan founded after her brother, Jack, beat cancer. They’re running the Boilermaker for the first time this year.
On My Team 16 started helping kids with cancer in 2017 The inspiration behind it all is Jack Sheridan.
“It means a lot because it sort of signified my ending of cancer treatments a little bit and the start of my post-cancer life,” Jack Sheridan said.
With leukemia behind him, Jack is back on the baseball field, working with his sister, Jordan, and their family, to inspire other kids with cancer work through their treatments.
“Our mission is to comfort and support pediatric oncology patients, families and caregivers through athletics,” Jordan Sheridan said.
Now they’re bridging that mission with a race fueled around community and health.
“Pediatric cancer patients and athletes have a very similar mindset they have to have. Like you have to battle through adversity, you gotta go through hard times to get to the better side of things,” said Jack.
Jordan added, “Since Jack was cancer-free, he’s accomplished so much so it’s kind of cool to see it out there in a 5K.”
From the mound to the pavement, it’s a milestone for Jack and Jordan to run this race together, but it’s also about inspiring kids and showing them anything is possible.
“Being able to show them there is hope and people beat this is probably my favorite part about it,” Jack said.
Alongside Jack and Jordan is a lymphoma survivor diagnosed around the same time as Jack and a mother of a cancer patient is lacing up for her child. And while a 5K or 15K isn’t easy, the meaning behind it is bigger than us all.
“There’s a reason why we’re doing it and just remember that,” Jordan said.
Jack added, “Maybe there’s a cancer patient who liked to run and they’ll see that once they get through their treatments, they can still continue to run.”