In May of 2021, life as Sheridan knew it changed forever. A freak leg break resulted in the diagnosis of high-grade metastatic osteosarcoma. Since then, he was forced to relocate, and he spends most of his days undergoing chemotherapy at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.
On August 30th, he underwent a surgery to have a donor bone placed in his right leg to remove his broken disease-ridden tibia. They took a skin graft from his hip to close the wound. Unfortunately, during that surgery, his main leg artery was breached resulting in an emergency vascular intervention to save his life. Chemo infusions resumed shortly after his surgery and resulted in acute kidney injuries, cardiomyopathy, and a myriad of other life altering side effects.
In December, a routine chest x-ray revealed numerous spots in his lungs. He was then scheduled for surgical biopsy and had a wedge resection of his lung. The lung nodule removed proved that the disease has progressed to his lungs and that the chemo was no longer effective. A subsequent PET scan provided further evidence of new bone metastasis (cancer spread).
In January 2022, he began a new chemotherapy treatment. The side effects continued to leave him hospitalized more frequently and required regular blood and platelet transfusions.
Given the aggressive nature of osteosarcoma and the rapid progression, we want to raise awareness and share Sheridan's story and legacy. From lung surgeries, septic shock, kidney failure, disease progression, amputation, massive pleural effusion, and more. There is so much more to his story. You can read more via the UPDATES button above and blog updates link at the bottom of the page. You can also subscribe to the blog, for emailed updates too.
Sheridan's service prior to interment at Fort Snelling and video clips of his celebration of life can now be found just before the blog at the bottom of the page.
Sheridan was a 23-year-old Minnesota Army National Guard Veteran. He returned from deployment serving in the Gulf War on Terrorism in October 2020. He served under the 34th ECAB Red Devils in Operation Inherent Resolve and Operation Spartan Shield. He enlisted at age 17 as a junior at Mahtomedi High School and graduated with the class of 2018. His dream was to serve his State and Nation, and ultimately retire from the Army someday.
In his free time, he enjoyed everything FAST and automotive; car shows, stereos, exhausts, engine modifications, you name it. He had a passion for foreign cars, German engineering and specifically enjoys Audis and Volkswagens. When not serving or playing with cars, he enjoyed the great outdoors, computer gaming, drones, 3D printing and spending time with his dogs. He was a true gentleman and a generous soul.
Video courtesy of Brody Boeckmann
Sheridan's DOD Military Funeral Honors 6/12/23
Sheridan's Service 6/12/23