This is a big challenge for Jordan who has Hypotonic Cerebral Palsy. This is not a specific medical disorder, but a manifestation of many different diseases and disorders that affect motor nerve control by the brain or muscle strength. As a result, Jordan has visual impairment, low muscle tone (dysplasia) and no speech.
Jordan also has mild developmental delay but despite all these life challenges, he surprised all his neurologists who thought his achievements would be minimal: he was not expected to walk or communicate. With his determination and the support of his family, Jordan learned to walk at the age of 7yrs and has gone on to be able to ski and horse-ride competently and is now a typical teenager who loves technology!
Jordan communicates by sign language (with both humans and the dogs)! And is a very patient “teacher” with those who do not sign.
To walk over the bridge one way is 1.6 miles and Jordan hopes to walk from the Edinburgh side to the Fife side and back- a total of 3.2 miles. Not the longest Sponsored walk ever but a challenging one - not only f or Jordan but for those who hope to walk with him!
Jordan will be accompanied by his mum, Gillian, and hopefully Avril Young of Imanje Rhodesian Ridgebacks (who will do her best to conquer her fear of heights). One of the
Imanje Ridgebacks will also be walking with Jordan.
Jordan will be jointly fundraising for two charities which are very dear to him:
• The M & N Rhodesian Ridgeback Support and Rescue Trust
• Marie Curie Cancer Care