Jordan is a senior at Saratoga Springs High School and will be graduating in June. At the age of 2 Jordan
was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Duchenne is a muscle wasting disease for
which there is no current treatment or cure. Jordan is the youngest of three brothers and lost his oldest
brother to DMD.
Jordan is outgoing and has always strived to be as independent as possible. He has been in a power
wheelchair since the age of 10. Two years ago Jordan lost the ability to feed himself, scratch an itch, get
a drink, or feed his dog, Patriot. Patriot is a service dog and the inability to treat or feed his dog has
diminished their necessary bond. Patriot can do many tasks for Jordan and be his constant companion
but there is a limit to his assistance.
Within half an hour after the JACO Robotic Arm was attached to his chair, Jordan was able to eat
unassisted, get and pour a drink of water, and give his dog a treat, something we never thought we
would witness again. The JACO arm opens up the world again for Jordan and so many things he thought
he would never do again are now possible.
In Jordan’s words, “I have been on the losing end with this disease and JACO allowed me to be on the
winning side and the taste of victory was sweet.” He added, “JACO will give me the freedom to live a
fuller and more productive life. Although my parents will do anything for me, it would feel so good to
ask for less.”
Jordan will be attending college in the fall and is interested in engineering. JACO will give Jordan the
ability and confidence to forge ahead in this new chapter of his life. Children grow up wishing to be
many things – police officers, fire fighters, professional athletes, and even race car drivers; Jordan just
wants to be independent.