Jordan is an energetic nine-year-old from Belvidere who loves Chicago sports teams including the Bulls, the Cubs, the Bears, the Chicago Fire and of course, the Chicago Blackhawks.
Diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome in 2006, Jordan was referred to Make-A-Wish Illinois by a nurse practitioner at The Heart Institute for Children.
In February, Jordan’s wish to meet the Blackhawks became much more as he was as welcomed as a member of the Blackhawks for a day.
Tammy, Jordan’s mom, shares: “He’s always wanted to do something like this, always wanted to skate with the Blackhawks. When we got to tell him he was going to get his wish that was a very special moment.”
As he spent the day practicing on the ice and interacting with the other team members, Jordan’s family recalls the happiness he experienced. They revealed that the most special part about Jordan’s wish was seeing him smile.
“He’s like a little miniature hockey player. It was pretty cool. They were so nice to him out there,” Mark, Jordan’s dad, shares.
Jordon, however, divulged that his favorite part about his wish was scoring a goal on Blackhawks goalie, Corey Crawford. It was a great accomplishment for him. The day after the practice, Jordan headed back to the United Center to watch the Blackhawks play against the Detroit Red Wings.
Jordan’s family was grateful to everyone involved for helping him partake in such a positive experience.
“You should know that this experience has been such a fabulous memory for all of us. We can’t thank you enough.”