I'm not sure how to go about this so I don't offend anyone. I really don't mean to and if I do offend you, I apologize. This is something I have been trying to put into (nice) words ever since Jordan brought it to my attention a few weeks ago.
Most of our friends have known our family for a while. Some of you remember everything we've been through with Jordan. Some of you have read or have heard Rick and I talk about Jordan and her issues. She's been fighting autoimmune arthritis for just about her entire life. Remember, she's not even 9 yet. 6 years have gone by and she's not been in remission once.
4 years ago we began taking part in the Arthritis Foundation's annual Arthritis Walk. Our first year I think we had 8-10 people on our team. The following year the walk was at Magic Mountain and we had a pretty good turn out. I think we had about 20-25 people walk with us. Last year, our team dropped back down to 10 people.
When I registered our team this year, Jordan asked me if we were going to have a big team like the other kids with JRA have. I wanted to say, yes, of course! But all I could tell her was that I hope we do.
If she had cancer or diabetes or cystic fibrosis would you walk for her? Would you raise funds to help find cure or for programs for sick kids?
Jordan isn't that different from the kids who have those diseases. She does weekly injections of chemotherapy. CHEMO! And it makes her sick. She has to go to the hospital once a month to have medication given in an IV. She has lab work done every month. Her life is quite different then the life of a healthy child. She's had grown up way too fast and she knows when she has the support of her friends and family.
What I'm asking, OK begging, is that you please give up a Sunday morning in May to show Jordan that we love her and we DO support her in her fight against this disease that has taken so much from her. I do understand people have to work and life happens but it's just a few hours and it would mean so much to her. The walk will be held at Magic Mountain again this year. One lap around the park and you're done! If I can do it and Jordan was able to walk it, YOU can too!! There is entertainment and snacks and it's FUN!
Rick & Stacey
Jordan's PINK Angels