My name is Jesse Jordan. I'm a 37 year cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) when I was 17 months old. Cancer has been one of the defining moments of my life and it helps me keep the right perspective towards life. The moment I take life for granted, cancer reminds me of how precious life is and how blessed I am to be here. I believe I am meant to share my cancer story with others. Cancer increases my awareness of life every day and reinforces my commitment to help others. My hope is that my personal cancer story can give hope to others.
Over the years, my life has revolved around my connection with cancer. The treatments I received left me with skin issues, cognitive issues, such as problems with memory, mental processing, attention and learning difficulties. I struggled throughout my school career but endured and graduated from college. As a cancer survivor, I made a promise a long time ago that I’d do anything in my power to help people go through what I went through. I have had the privilege of meeting and getting to know many amazing people through my cancer experience as well.
Through all my experiences as a survivor and volunteer, I see first-hand the financial struggles that families face during treatment, I realized their needs and it compelled me to want to help. Passion and purpose are the energizing forces that fuel every great accomplishment. My passion is the fight against cancer because of my personal connection and my commitment to do all that I can to give back. My purpose is to help others that have been affected by cancer and blood disorders. Through advocacy, participating in events, volunteering, donating and research, I will help in any way that I can for as long as I live.
Heroes are often defined as people who possess super powers, great athletic/musical abilities or leadership qualities. I have a few heroes like that myself, but I think that the true heroes are people that have been affected by cancer and blood disorders. I support and fight for you! I’ve had many friends and family members that have been affected by cancer and blood disorders, some who survived and some who lost the battle. Everything I do that involves cancer and blood disorders is in honor and memory of all that have been affected.