Jordyn's journey continues

age 13  |  blood cancer

 
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Jordyn finished treatment in 2017 and still visits St. Jude for checkups — and even now, her family never receives a bill from St. Jude, thanks to supporters like you.

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Jordyn dreams of being a world-class gymnast. Before being diagnosed with cancer in December 2014, she spent at least 20 hours a week in the gym, perfecting her sport. She has over 90 medals and has been a state champion four consecutive years, in all areas of the sport. “She loves gymnastics,” her mom, Chastity, said. “It’s what she did, her life was school and gymnastics.”

But then, suddenly, Jordyn’s dreams were put on hold.

St. Jude Patient Jordyn, age 9

St. Jude Patient Jordyn, age 9

 Jordyn started to complain about a multitude of aches and pain. The doctor thought her discomfort was related to a sports injury. But soon Jordyn developed a fever, her appetite waned and her aches and pains remained. During the weekend of Thanksgiving 2014, Jordyn was in tears because she felt so bad. Her parents took her to a local emergency room.

 “I thought, okay, we are not leaving here. There is something really wrong,” said Chastity. Tests revealed Jordyn suffered from acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

Within a week, Jordyn was at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. “We knew that when families go to St. Jude, they have no worries, they’re going to be taken care of,” Chastity said. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

We knew St. Jude was the best place for children with cancer, and we’re grateful Jordyn is back to doing what she loves most.

Chastity, Jordyn's mom

 
 
 

 At St. Jude, Jordyn’s treatment included two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy. While treatment was at times difficult, Jordyn persevered. A year into her treatment, she received the all clear from her doctors to return to the gym and begin training again. And even in the midst of cancer treatment, Jordyn earned straight As in school. “When you saw Jordyn during treatment, she always had a smile,” Chastity said. “She didn’t want anyone to feel bad for her. She didn’t want a pity party.”

 Jordyn finished treatment in July 2017, and by that November, she was competing once again. At her first competition back, Jordyn earned three gold medals for all around, bars and beam.

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