Jordan is an 8-year-old boy who loves a lot of the things most 8-year-old boys love—video games, soccer, and stylish sneakers. On a good day, Jordan appears to be an energetic and healthy kid. His mom, Kerry, shares what most people don’t realize about Jordan: “Jordan fights daily battles with medical problems.” Jordan’s nervous system disorder presents him with challenge after challenge. His bright, full-of-life personality typically masks these challenges. “Jordan is a very caring, giving, and strong boy. He always manages to smile at the end of the day,” Kerry said.
The ups and downs of Jordan’s health made Jordan and his family that much more ecstatic to find out that Jordan qualified for a wish. “When we found out Jordan’s wish was coming true, we screamed, and I cried! Then, we hugged!” Kerry explained. About a year before Jordan found out his wish was coming true, he and his family had taken a trip to the Mall of America. There, he saw so many items that were calling his name. Kerry, shared, “When he heard he was granted a wish, shopping at the Mall of America quickly came to his mind.”
On the day of Jordan’s wish, he and his family packed up their car and began their journey to Minneapolis. With a few stops along the way (McDonald’s being one of Jordan’s requests), they arrived at Great Wolf Lodge. Here, Jordan went mining for treasure and even climbed a rock wall! The next day, Jordan was given a private shopping experience before Mall of America opened to the public. One store that particularly excited Jordan was Game Stop, which is where some of Jordan’s favorite purchases came from. Along with video games, Jordan also loved buying two new pairs of Jordan shoes.
From start to finish, Jordan and his family cherished the wish experience. “Jordan's wish provided him with hope, courage, and self-esteem. He is generally very shy, and he learned to shake hands with and greet many people we met along the way,” Kerry said. Jordan’s wish also allowed him to momentarily forget the daily battles he faces. “We were able to focus on the wish rather than focus on his next surgery or appointment. Make-A-Wish grants wishes, but they also give hope to families that, some days, see no hope.”