KSON Going Gold for Jordyn

September 26, 2016

Photo Courtesy of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


Our friends at St. Jude shared with us this amazing story of Jordyn:

In late 2014, Jordyn started to complain about aches and pains. Since she was a competitive gymnast, her doctor thought it was related to a sports injury. But then Jordyn developed a persistent fever and was often in tears because she felt so bad.

Jordyn was found to have acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). About 3,000 children and adolescents are diagnosed with ALL in the U.S. each year, making this blood cancer the most common childhood cancer.

Within a week, Jordyn was referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude has helped increase the survival rates for ALL from 4 percent before opening in 1962 to 94 percent today. At St. Jude, Jordyn is undergoing two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy.

"St. Jude has given her hope she’ll return to gymnastics, and that’s helped her fight, it’s helped her stay positive," her mom said. "Jordyn is passionate about being athletic. She’s passionate about saying, 'Hey, this happened to me, but I’m going to bounce back.'"

John spent some time over the weekend with the folks from St. Jude to help raise money at the St. Jude Walk/Run. He even met Spiderman!

Take a listen:

John at the St. Jude Run/Walk