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.
Jordyn, a competitive gymnast, is an A student who loves to read and tell jokes and riddles.
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% before opening more than 50 years ago, to 94% today. At St. Jude, Jordyn’s treatment included two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy.
Jordyn finished treatment in 2017 and now visits St. Jude for checkups. She’s back to training at the gym and, during a recent gymnastics competition, Jordyn brought home three gold medals.
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