Meet Jordan: 2017 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day Hero

“A Smile and a Song”

If you are having a bad day, a smile and a song from Jordan will cheer you up right away. Jordan was born at 22 weeks weighing only 1.5 pounds. Twelve years later, he is a vibrant pre-teen with the biggest smile and the voice of an angel.


rsz_dayton_childrens_hospital_ivy_jordan.jpgDue to his premature birth, Jordan battles multiple health conditions, including Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) — which is a chronic lung disease common in premature infants who were born with undeveloped lungs — and Cerebral Palsy (CP) — which affects muscle tone, movement and motor skills. Jordan also has multiple other conditions which make him a regular at Dayton Children’s Hospital where he sees seven pediatric specialists.

However, his conditions do not damper his spirit. You will often find Jordan singing for his physicians and caregivers in the middle of clinic.

A student at Stivers School for the Arts, Jordan exudes his love of music. He plays multiple instruments and wants to be a choir director. And one day, he dreams to conduct an orchestra. Jordan also loves going to church, spending time with family and using his musical talents to uplift others.

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