Patrick Sheridan's Medical Fund
$45,340 of $75,000 goal
This is a terrifying diagnosis for those of us who know and love him, and the first question that always gets asked is "What can I do to help?" The good news is there's a tangible way for all of us to contribute to his recovery! For as serious of a condition as this is, there are treatment options available, and Patrick intends to do everything he can to fight this disease - and win!
His medical team is working with him to form a treatment plan, but while Patrick has health insurance, there are many expenses that are going to be out-of-pocket. He's on a specialized diet that includes lots of juicing, and is looking into the possibility of alternative forms of medicine (including IV Vitamin C and cannabis oil), as well as the possibility of traveling internationally to centers with a broader range of treatment options than are currently allowed in the United States.
If you've ever met Patrick, then you already know that he's one of the most generous people you could ever hope to meet. He's a man who gives of himself to anyone and everyone he knows, whether they're one of his students, a fellow filmmaker, or just a friend in need. His work through the Film Acting Academy of Denver, The Bug Theatre, and The Emerging Filmmakers Project has helped shaped the minds and careers of hundreds. He's a dedicated stay-at-home father to his sons Elliot and Finnegan, a teacher and mentor to many, and a friend to all of us. There's simply no way to calculate the number of lives that have been impacted for the better simply by having him in it.
Patrick can beat this, but he can't do it alone. Every dollar we raise will be used to fund his treatment and help him navigate the road to recovery. Please help us help Patrick continue to be there for his sons, his fellow artists, his family and his many friends by contributing to his treatment fund today. No donation is too small and will be greatly appreciated!
You can keep up to date with Patrick's recovery and share your thoughts with him on Caring Bridge: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/patrick.sheridan.75
Our dear friend Patrick Sheridan passed just after 8:00pm on Thursday, February 1st after a long, hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer. He went peacefully, pain free and surrounded by his loving family and friends.
Thank you to everyone who donated to this campaign over the last year and a half. Together we raised an incredible amount of money to assist Patrick in his long, difficult battle with this horrific disease.
We're once again asking for your assistance as we help Patrick with the final task of ensuring that his loved ones aren't burdened with the financial toll that comes with his passing. We're currently raising funds to assist with paying outstanding medical expenses from his treatment and hospice care, as well as for funeral and final arrangements. Any money that remains will go directly to Diana and their two sons, Elliot and Finnegan.
If you would like to help you can visit this campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/patricksheridanfund.
Thank you all.
It's been a crazy hectic few weeks since I announced I have pancreatic cancer. Although there have been many downs, there have been small victories along the way. Most notably, my cancer blood marker has already shown dramatic improvement and the “numbers” for my kidney and liver are back in the “normal” range. These improvements show that my body has started to heal itself. I believe these improvements are from switching to a highly alkaline diet, using cannabis oil, and the early use of Vitamin C IV therapy. Chemo and radiation are not a good option for me so I've chosen non-tradition (by U.S. Standards,anyway) approaches to regaining my health. And just recently I began using an exiting cutting edge product called PNC-27. Some of these therapies are quite expensive and are only possible to me because of the overwhelming generosity from so many of you. I'll be reaching out to everyone who has sent well wishes, donated time, offered to help,and of course donated money to my go fund me account. You are literally keeping me alive. I'm so humbled by and grateful for your support that I break down and cry whenever I think about it.
But in many respects, it all feels irrelevant right now because a truly remarkable woman, Veronica Brennan, lost hear year-long battle with cancer. Veronica is a better person than I'll ever be and I know she fought it with every fiber in her body. Yet cancer still took her.That's the thing about cancer: it's cruel and unfair in every possible way. The loss to her husband Jim and their two amazing children is simply unimaginable to me.
Love to all of you.
These are two words that don't belong in anyone's life's journey, but they are now part of mine. It is what I have. It is not, however, who or what I am. I will not have this be what defines me. What defines me now is what has always defined me: I am a writer, an artist, a filmmaker, a teacher, a collaborator, a friend, and member of an amazing community. Most importantly, I will be always be defined for the one thing in life that truly matters: I am a great dad.
I want to make something clear. This thing is only in me temporarily. It is not killing me. I am killing it. It picked the wrong person to mess with.
Traditional U.S. methods for for fighting cancer with chemo, radiation, and surgery aren't viable options for me at this time. My family and loved ones who have banded together to help me win this fight and I have already begun an aggressive mix of alternative and cutting edge therapies. I'll share more about the people and the therapies soon.
Unfortunately, many of the therapies that show the most promise (and in many countries, amazing results) are not covered by insurance. Some of these therapies may be available to me in the U.S. under Right to Try and Compassionate Use laws. Other, may only be available outside the U.S. We are pursuing them all. Most of you know how difficult it is for me to ask for help, but I'm asking for yours. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help us cover some of the enormous costs it's going to take to beat this. Any help is greatly appreciated. The link is here: https://www.gofundme.com/patricksheridan
We've also set up a CaringBridge account where we encourage you to go for updates, post your thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to hearing from all of you but please understand that I may not be able to respond to everyone in a timely manner. I know I am in your thoughts. The link to Caring is here: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/patrick.sheridan.75
With the therapies I'm already receiving and the ones to come, along with the amazing care and support I'm getting from so many, I know that I've already defeated this thing. The cancer just doesn't know it. And yes, we're documented as much as we can and we'll naturally turn it into a movie!
The outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming. I'm far from the wealthiest guy in town, but thanks to all of you I feel like the richest.
Your friend and colleague,
Go Patrick! I may be living on an account that ends at zero every month, and my disorder may have cost more than $200,000 in the last 2 years, but I have the strength, talent, health and energy to be there for you every other way behind and in front of the camera. Inside and outside the home. I live in Boulder. A prof. Chef restaurant and catering. Documentary filmmaker look up Spirit of a Subculture, Bike Messengers in Chicago. Go to YouTube and watch Arianna Greets Pearl Street. And figure out what else I can do besides cash. Sam (847)361-4786
This is so very cool to see the funds growing. We love you Patrick!!!