When A Sniffle Isn’t Just A Sniffle- A Post For Jordan O’Riley
Today I want to share a story with you, it’s about a young boy that goes to school with my children.
His name is Jordan O’Riley and he is only 10. He hasn’t been to school since term 2.
I like to think as a parent, you know when your child is unwell.
I mean sometimes they like to pull our legs a little, try and twist our arms for that extra day off school, but on a whole we know when they’re faking it.
After a bout of the sniffles, a bit of a rash and some general feeling ‘unwell’ Jordan’s family grew tired of being told he had a cold and sought a second opinion.
A second opinion that would throw their daily lives into utter heartbreak and chaos.
After the doctors gathered results from a chest x-ray, Jordan was sent straight to the Royal Children’s Hospital for further testing and a diagnosis.
I can not begin to imagine the heart wrenching pain that was felt through the family when they were told of Jordan’s condition.
Devastating to say the least.
The doctors in Melbourne have started chemotherapy to treat the Acute Myloid Leukemia, as it is the more severe of Jordan’s health troubles and unfortunately, they cannot treat both forms of Leukemia at the same time.
As you can imagine, he is a very sick little boy, in for many ups & downs.
His family are doing the best they can, but they are struggling.
Jordan has his father, step-mother & mother by his side, juggling bedside care while his step-father is doing a whole lot of traveling between home and the hospital.
Jordan’s brother and 2 sisters are being cared for by family members and are getting to see their brother as often as possible.
Costs are adding up and the unforeseen expenses are also causing the family extra stress they don’t need right now.
Right now the most important thing is for them to focus on their son’s recovery.
Not fuel costs & food, not to mention the day to day bills that we all have to worry about.
Their dear family friend Aaron has organised a huge garage sale, and invited our whole town to donate items to sell and help raise the much needed funds to keep this family afloat.
If you’re in the Wimmera (country Victoria, Aust.) then come and check it out on
Sunday 30th October 2011
Alexander Hall, Ararat, 3377
10am – 4pm
for more info follow this link…
If you can’t help out with items to sell or make it to the massive sale, but want to help this family out, a bank account has been set up for donations.
The bank details are:
Jordan O’Riley Foundation
Account #: 183940
This is not a sponsored post, nor have I been asked to write it.
I am reaching out to you guys, my readers for that little bit of sticking together families need in a crisis.
Jordan’s story has affected me deeply. With my brood of 6 kids I can not comprehend what this family is going through.
To have a healthy ‘full of beans’ child at the start of the school year wind up at the Children’s fighting for his life, is not something you want anyone to have to suffer with.
If you can help, please do.
I am doing my part, what I can, as Jordan’s story has shown me that ‘you never just know what might happen’ and I know, if it happened to me, I would appreciate your help.
Hey mate. It’s Jai, Aria & Zaffy’s mum here. I hope your feeling a bit better.
We have been thinking about you heaps and can’t believe how tough you are…
Ok, we know you’re tough, you always have been 🙂 🙂 🙂
My husband Brian tells me you were his canteen helper at school last year.
I reckon when you get back to school that job will be reserved for you.
Till then, don’t give the nurses too much grief, and keep smiling.
Love Jac, Brian & The MonsterSquad xox
Photos used with permission.