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Jordan Travels Down Under

Jordan goes to Australia

“Each landmark puts the stress of the past year further behind them.”

The jetway seems to stretch forever. Finally, Jordan reaches the open door and the flight attendant. With a quick check of his boarding pass, Jordan is on the way to his seat.

And on the way to Australia, to his one true wish.

“A year earlier, things were a lot different for us,” says Marcia, Jordan’s mother.

The Clock Turns Back

The day Jordan boards the plane marks nearly one year since the discovery of his brain tumor. In one afternoon, he changed from an active kid competing in track and playing soccer to a hospital patient. That entire year, his life was defined by radiation and time away from his family. Marcia spent much of her time with him at the hospital.

Jordan’s world changed for the better one day: He learned that his doctor referred him for a Make-A-Wish® experience. Maybe Jordan's doctor is one of the 89 percent of health professional surveyed who say that a wish can influence a kid’s physical health.

It took little time for Jordan to name his wish: to visit Australia so he can see all the amazing animals Down Under. From that moment, Jordan’s entire family changed. They recognized a chance to re-connect, to make up for all the time spent apart.

Supporters Pitch In

Wish granters use all their skills, creativity and connections for Jordan’s wish. They use United Mileage Plus® frequent flier miles donated by Make-A-Wish supporters to book the flights. Travel consultants from Make-A-Wish sponsor Monograms® Travel craft an itinerary guaranteed to delight him.

During the trip, Marcia watches Jordan encounter all the wildlife he saw on TV and in books – kangaroos, koalas, huge saltwater crocs. At the Venom Zoo in Kuranda, he encounters all that slithers and crawls. He takes photos that become memoirs of his adventures – from the Opera House to the Outback, from the dusty Northern Territory to the dense Queensland rainforest.

Look to the Future

Each landmark puts the stress of the past year further behind them. Jordan’s smile is ever-present – and so is Marcia’s joy at watching her son reclaim his life.

  • Jordan experiences Australia

  • Brother and sister spend time together during their trip

  • Jordan flies to Australia with his family

  • Brother and sister see a kangaroo close up

  • Jordan's wish experience gives his family quality worry-free time together

  • Jordan wished to go to Australia

  • Jordan enjoys his vacation

  • Brother and sister by the water

  • Jordan's wish experience keeps him strong

  • Jordan wished to visit Australia

  • Jordan's Australian wish experience

  • Jordan and the blue sea

  • This wish family takes a moment to pose for a photo

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3 Comments

Sarah

you inspire me to live my life to the fullest and to appreciate life more and have fun with everything I do.

September 23, 2010 - 7:25 AM

Max

Dear Jordan, my partner and i read your story and are really inspired by it. it touched us deeply. we hope that other people enjoy this story as much as we did

September 23, 2010 - 11:12 AM

Maddy

Dear Jordan, Your story was so cute! I'm jealous that you got to go to Australia. I bet you had lots of fun. I'm happy to hear you are doing much better now that the tumor has been removed.

September 24, 2010 - 8:49 AM

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