The Jordan Jones Legacy Project
The Jordan Jones Legacy Project
11/8/93 - 6/8/16
The Jordan Jones Legacy project will feature farewells, memories, and eulogies from Jordan's family members and friends, and the lives of those he touched. If you'd like to contribute a Jordan Jones Legacy project blog, please contact TCAF blogger, Steve Pake. To be considered, submissions should be at least one full paragraph in length, and about how Jordan or his story affected your life, along with photo(s) that best represent that. Please note in your submissions whether you are a family member, a friend of Jordan or the Jones family, a cancer survivor, or other. Let's make these very special, and a great place to share stories and memories of Jordan, and of his impact on the world. Thank you!
I was asked by the Jones family to share with you a few words about Jordan. For Kim,Jeff, Breanna and Jordan, I would do just about anything, so I jumped at this opportunity! I have so much to say.... Jordan has taught us all so much! I've decided to share with you all some of Jordan's amazing qualities.
Like many of you, I never met Jordan Jones. And like many of you, Jordan has influenced my life in a profound way. A way that I would like to share with you.
When on the field in a game or in practice, he exhibited an attention to detail and punished the opponent with his play. Jordan was a warrior in so many other areas of life as well. He was dealt a very tough hand at young age but met his challenges head on and fought like very few can. To battle cancer and to maintain a personality from which others derived the nickname "Sunshine," speaks to his attitude, composure, toughness, spirit and his determination to press on through the extremely challenging circumstances he was given. I never saw Jordan with a negative attitude. This is true even when he knew his time on Earth was coming to a close.
I didn't spend time with Jordan as a small child, but I was fortunate to have him grace my life when he was about 16 .. Instantly Jordan stole a piece of my heart, became my hero, and started teaching me things about life and how precious it is, and the people in it... Things I thought I already knew.. There is nothing I say here today that every person in this room has not experienced in your own relationships with Jordan .. The minute he enters your life you are touched by his smile, his humor, his laugh, his tenderness, his compassion, his wisdom.
We're all beautiful beings inside that have something unique to offer the world. Evolve yourself beyond the stereotypes and societal expectations, and have the courage to express your individuality into the world and make a difference, because the world needs it. Jordan's nickname wasn't "Sunshine" for no reason. Despite what he had been through, even while fighting through his late recurrence, he always found a way to shine. We all need to follow Jordan's example, and do the same.
A huge part of who I am is from growing up with Jordan. We weren't like normal siblings. We truly loved each other and enjoyed being together. We learned from each other. We really almost never fought. I am blessed to have had such an amazing relationship with Jordan throughout our entire childhood thru to being young adults.
Jordan's last days were the toughest of all with so much pain and suffering, yet he continued to try and be present for Jeff, Breanna and myself. Just 3 days ago on our walk, he was the one consoling me and said he'd always be here for me no matter what. He said that because of our story, and his pain and suffering, we have touched millions of lives and have saved many, and will continue to do so for a thousand years. His exact words. . . To know my son, is to love him! We have all learned so much from Jordan on how to live with such great passion for life, strength and deep, deep compassion for others, and most importantly, to LOVE!!