Jordan’s Journey – A 12 years old’s Heroic Battle with Cancer.
The story of Jordan Smith is one of courage, bravery, community and a divine presence. Jordan Smith is a brave 12 year old and has been diagnosed with Chondroblastic Osteosarcoma.
It has been a long gruelling journey for Jordan and his family since his diagnosis in March 2012. His leg has been amputated. He has spent almost two years away from most of his schoolfriends, undergoing treatment.
Over the past two weeks his dream trip to Paris, turned into a nightmare when it was discovered on his arrival in Paris that the cancer has spread to his lungs and brain. Jordan was stranded in Paris, but luckily Discovery overturned their decision and paid for his medical escort back to Durban.
Here is part of his gruelling journey below:
September 22, 2013
After a 2 year fight with cancer and his last chemo treatment on September 22, 2013 he was so excited about his trip to Paris.
December 3, 2104
“Jordan is so excited to be spending the day at school catching up with all his friends!! He hasn’t seen some of them in almost 2 years but that hasn’t stopped him from picking up where he left off.. A huge thanks to Julie Courtenay and the amazing staff at Virginia for looking after our special boy x”
December 25, 2014
Merry Christmas everyone!! 2 sleeps until touch down in the UK… So much of excitement!
December 27, 2014
With much excitement we landed in the UK this afternoon, however it’s been a bit of a rough journey… Jordy has been very sick since we got here. Please Pray that it was just the flight and that he feels better in the morning. Come on Cancer leave our baby alone and let him enjoy this holiday, it’s been such a long & difficult road – he DESERVES THIS!! He is really looking forward to enjoying some adventures…
December 31, 2014
Jordan’s trip to the UK has turned into a nightmare. We did a trip to France where we had planned to take him to Disneyland as he was feeling so much better & unfortunately he never made it there. Our precious boy was rushed to a children’s hospital in Paris where they have found that the cancer has now spread to his lungs and brain. We are awaiting an emergency medical escort back to South Africa where he will be treated. WE ARE APPEALING TO EVERYONE TO PLEASE PRAY FOR A MIRACLE!!!!!!!!!
January 1, 2015
Our nightmare has turned into a horror story.. our medical aid has now refused to pay anything towards Jordy & have told us it’s going to cost in excess of R1.1 million to get him onto an aeroplane medically assisted back to South Africa for urgent radiation. The doctors here in Paris will not start treatment because we are not covered financially, however have helped us to try to contact the South African embassy but to no avail! We have contacted our travel insurance who are only paying out R100 000. We are INCREDIBLY DESPERATE to save our little boys life… Please, please, please help us in any way that you can. The doctors have told us that we need to get him to South Africa as quickly as possible. Any amount you could give us will help!! Begging you from the loving parents of a very sick little boy… (Payments can be made directly into Bank account Bank: FNB acc num: 62240132697; br. Code; 220629 Name: TC Smith or International payment via the paypal link found on our Jordan’s Journey’s page in the ‘about’ section. Please share this with everyone you know!
January 3, 2015
Discovery Health have just informed us that they are over turning their previous decision and are now helping and paying for Jordys flight back to Durban!! We would like to thank everyone for all their support & the pressure that they put on discovery…To those who have donated to this, we will be using the money now for the shortfall at the hospital and for the special care that Jordy will need in Durban. If anyone is not happy with this please pm us and we will do our best to refund you asap.
January 4, 2015
Jordan has arrived at the hospital in Durban and is currently in surgical ICU. The doctors are reviewing his scans & we are hopeful that treatment will start ASAP.
Back in September, during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Jordan’s mom wrote:
“I never thought that it would be my little boy. I never thought that they would say the words ‘cancer’. I never thought that I would ever shed so many tears as I have. I never thought that I would hold my son at night and think ‘why?’. I never thought that I would be able to give him his injections in his tummy or be able to clean up vomit day in and out. I never thought that I would be as scared as I have been.
“I never thought I would have to beg God every second of every day to cure my special boy. I never thought that I would have to make the decision to cut off my child’s leg. I never thought that this would be the life I would lead. One day I woke up and my life changed – This could be your status!! GO GOLD THIS SEPTEMBER, spread awareness and help to find a cure so that no other parent has to say ‘I never thought it would be my child’.”
Now that Jordan is back in Durban, his family asks simply “please pray for our boy!”
You can follow Jordan’s Journey and updates on the Facebook Page.