Meet Jordan Jacques, an almost 21 year old, pictured with his twin sister (Taylor) and mom (Leslie Miller) the night before he underwent lung cancer surgery at Mass General Hospital in Boston this past summer. It would be more than enough if that was his first surgery, or his first bout with cancer, but it wasn't. Diagnosed with leukemia in 1995, Jordan underwent a successful bone marrow transplant in 1996 in Boston, where he was treated for months. He was cancer free for 14 years, however, during that time, he was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, an incurable condition. Three years ago, Jordan was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. He had a solid form tumor that covered his right hip, wrapped around his back and extended between his kidneys. The osteosarcoma was a side effect of the treatments he received and total body irradiation he underwent before his bone marrow transplant. While undergoing chemotherapy to shrink the tumor, doctors found a 3-inch mass in the left frontal lobe of his brain. While they believed it was benign (and it was!), the tumor was removed on Nov. 23 at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. Jordan had two very long surgeries for the osteosarcoma in April of 2011 at Mass General Hospital in Boston. They were able to remove the tumor and replace the hip with his fibula and the vessels. Jordan and his mom spent months in Boston and finally in June, he was able to go home to Hamden on weekends. He attended his prom (and was voted Prom King!) and walked up to the podium on crutches, to get his honors diploma at Hamden High School's graduation. Once home, Jordan was progressing well, taking himself for chemo and thinking about school, when the unthinkable happened. The cancer came back, this time in his right lung. Jordan underwent a brutally painful surgery to remove a third of his lung. As always, Jordan recovered from that surgery with a smile and his trademark answer ("I'm good") when asked how he was. He had many hospitalizations, underwent several surgical procedures and developed many complications. Then, last spring, more cancer was found in Jordan's lungs and another horrible surgery was done, again in Boston. Jordan was home for a few months and strong enough to restart chemotherapy. A few weeks into it, though, that all changed. Jordan suffered a collapsed lung and ended up being med flighted to Boston. There, they also found a painful bone infection and a dislocation of his surgical hip. Surgery can't happen until he gets stronger. The hope is that Jordan will become more stable so he can go home for Christmas! Funds raised through GoFundMe are not for Christmas presents or trips to Disney. Leslie's sick and vacation time is dwindling quickly and Taylor is working hard to contribute, but more money is needed. Funds are requested to pay for many unreimbursable medical expenses and for household expenses that accumulate while Leslie takes care of Jordan, both in Boston and at home. Please help to alleviate some of the financial worries for Jordan and his family so all of Leslie's and Taylor's energy can be spent supporting Jordan as he continues on his journey.
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