Jordan's Fight Against Leukemia
After they settled into their new home they got some exciting news—they will be adding one more Cartwright to the family in May of 2016!
But right on the heels of this great news came some very devastating news indeed. On March 14th, 2016; 6 year old Jordan Cartwright was flown to the Stollery Hospital in Edmonton after being taken into the Grande Prairie ER due to a week of fevers, headaches, fatigue, nosebleeds, and coughing up blood. His blood tests immediately showed that he had High Risk Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Jordan has now been in the hospital for more than 7 weeks with chemo treatments, several blood and platelet transfusions. He will undergo 7 months of consistent chemotherapy where his parents will need to pay for meds that are only 80% covered, and vehicle costs from driving back and forth 800km to the Stollery weekly. He has no immune system due to the chemo and if he has a fever he will have to be rushed to the emergency room immediately or it can be fatal. As if this wasn’t enough, Jordan is also dealing with the awful side effects of the chemotherapy.
Jordan’s Family (Dad-Scotty, Mom-Robyn, older sister-Isabelle and very soon a new brother or sister) are by his side constantly and they need our help! If you are able to help in any way big or small it would be greatly appreciated!
For more information on how to help the Cartwright Family and to follow Jordan’s Fight with Leukemia ‘Like’ their Facebook page: Jz’s Hope
The last few months have been very challenging but also a time of great reflection and much thanksgiving. Scotty and Robyn treasure their family as they spent Christmas together in their home—something that is only possible because of the amazing support system and medical professionals that have been aiding Jordan and his entire family on this journey. They want to give a special thank you to Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Alberta, Kev’s Kids, the Kids with Cancer society, friends, family and so many countless others that have stepped up and helped out over the past 10 months.
Jordan is now on maintenance; this means that he only has to travel to the Stollery every 4 weeks to receive chemo treatments. This will continue for a couple more years. Although it is not exciting to have to pack up and go to Edmonton every 28 days the family is looking forward to settling into a less hectic routine at home with both Jordan and Izzy returning to school full time. As long as Jordan remains sickness free he should be a less frequent visitor to the hospital—and that is what we all want for him!
December was a whirlwind of excitement and paparazzi for Jordan!! He was bestowed with the great honor of conducting the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (no child has ever done this before!). Jordan was on the local news, the National News and even the International news!! His love of classical music showed as he conducted the ESO during the Canadian National Anthem in his full tux and tails.
Although Jordan is responding well to treatment his life has been forever changed. Once he is finished these vigorous years of treatment he will forever be at risk of severe bone deterioration and physical restrictions and limitations for the rest of his life as well as many other awful issues and concerns. Jordan is a determined child with nothing but love and positivity in his heart but the rest of his life will be challenging. Currently the family is spending as much quality time together and pushing each other through the pain of childhood cancer. If you can help this family in any way it is always greatly appreciated.
Love and Thanks to you all and may 2017 be a great year for everyone.
Jordan is fighting leukemia every day. He is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances, but behind his radiant smile is a very ill little boy. The outpouring support from community members, friends, family and strangers is so greatly appreciated. But the struggle continues as Jordan’s intensive treatment schedule carries on. Please consider donating whatever small amount you may have to contribute. Would you normally be buying something from a school fundraiser from Jordan? Perhaps you could put that $20 toward the financial assistance of his family. Thank you to each and every one of you, it is so very much appreciated!
There have been a great deal of ups and downs lately. The family car was broken into –then it was in a car accident (everyone was unharmed, thank goodness!). And perhaps most distressing was Jordan’s seizure; the family was out in Edmonton when Jordan became unresponsive…Scotty pushed Jordan in Hope's (baby sister) stroller back to Ronald Macdonald House where he was rushed to the Stollery. Jordan suffered a very serious and prolonged seizure. Very fortunately he came out of it with no lasting damage but it was very distressing to see their little man in such a state.
The chemotherapy is a constant battle. Jordan has been receiving his treatments whenever his blood counts are high enough. It’s such a horrible thing to endure but he is such a fighter, he doesn’t let it get him down most days. It is a very long and tough road the Cartwrights are on and this summer will be especially difficult. Jordan will spend an overwhelming 4 weeks in the hospital getting his treatments this summer.
Jordan spends any time that he is away from the hospital enjoying his time with friends and family and trying to make the most of the summer months.
The costs associated with Jordan’s treatments are astounding and they continue to be a burden on the Cartwright’s. Please, if you can donate, every little bit truly make s a difference.
Thank You for following Jordan’s Journey
The Cartwrights send their Love and Thanks to you all.
Life has been very busy lately; not only is Jordan at Stollery more often than not, but the family welcomed Hope Ihliyiah Cartwright on May 20. She is a beautiful blessing in the middle of such challenging times. Jordan and Isabelle are totally in love with their new baby sister.
Jordan has good days and bad but lately the chemo is taking its toll on his tiny body. He has endured 26 rounds of chemo therapy in just 17 days. Yesterday (May 31) he was expecting to have 4 more rounds and is also anticipating yet another transfusion. Currently Jordan is neutropenic; this means that the white blood cells that normally fight invaders in his body are completely gone—he has no immune system left. Right now any small amount of bacteria or a virus could be lethal for Jordan.
This week at school a student started to show flu-like symptoms and the teacher (AMAZING!) made sure that Jordan was kept safe—she aided the other student in getting home and called Scotty to come and pick up Jordan right away. It is wonderful to see everyone help to keep this little boy safe while he is going through this difficult journey. After Scotty picked Jordan up from school they headed back to Edmonton to the Stollery for his next rounds of treatments (where they are currently). Scotty plans to stay in Edmonton with Jordan while Robyn is in Debolt with Isabelle and Hope. This is not the most ideal situation as I know they would prefer if they could all be together but for now it is what works best for them. Due to this arrangement and the high frequency of Jordan’s hospital visits Scotty has only worked 10 days since Jordan’s diagnosis on March 14. This puts a terrible financial strain on the family. The cost of living and the costs associated with Jordan’s treatments add up very quickly and it is very overwhelming. The Cartwrights shouldn’t have to worry about money right now; they should be able to focus on Jordan’s health and spending quality time together as a family.
The Cartwright’s still need our help!! Please donate if you can. Big or small it makes a tremendous difference in their lives. If you cannot give at this time that is alright but I ask that you please share this page so that it can reach as many people as possible!
Thank You for taking the time to help Jordan and his family on this journey to kick Leukemia’s butt!
I met this loving family tonight at the stem cell bank. You would never know that they are struggling with such a battle by looking at them. You always thing you have it bad when your child has the flu, never ever thinking you would hear the word Cancer while getting your sons blood test results. Money should be the last thing these amazing people have to think about. So I will donate, not because I have "extra" money but because if I could pay their parking bill for one day, or diapers for their new baby girl Hope I will. It may not seem like much but just one less thing to worry about. I will send Prayers for Jordan and hope that they are answered, I pray that he will go to Prom and then to college, purchase his first home and one day become a father. Thank you for reading my long note, and even if its one less day you drive thru Starbucks and get yourself a coffee so you can give the 5 bucks to this family I suggest that is what you do. Thank you
put it in gods hands prayers