Sheridan Nicole Bautista, eight year old daughter of Jim and Melinda Bautista of Altus,Oklahoma was a bone cancer patient at the OU Children’s hospital. She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma,a form of bone cancer, on March 9, 2011 and was in the care of Dr. Jeremy White, her Pediatric, Orthopedic Surgeon and Dr. Chini Pokala her Oncologist. During her 9 month journey, Sheridan underwent a revolutionary surgery where she received an implant that would allow the growth of her left leg through the use of an electromagnetic field that would lengthen her leg without further surgeries. Because of the size of Sheridan’s tumor, Dr. White had to remove 75% of her left femur and during this surgery; he put in this revolutionary implant successfully.
Sheridan was selected to be one of the Children’s Miracle Network’s Miracle kids. She helped raise awareness of children’s cancers and other childhood illnesses at events like the Oklahoma City Rodeo and the CMN annual Radiothon. Sheridan story was also selected by the OU Children’s Hospital and was featured on billboards throughout the hospital during the months building up to the CureSearch Walk; a walk to raise funds for the Children’s oncology group. Throughout Sheridan’s entire journey, she was always giving towards others; she would give of her time and was never without a beautiful smile on her face. On December 8, 2011, Sheridan completed her journey and flew into the arms of Jesus at OU Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City.
The measure of life cannot be judged on time. It can only be measured by the quality of the life one lives and the light one’s life projects onto others. With that, Sheridan led an amazing and productive life. She will be missed, but never forgotten by all who knew and loved her.