by Marlys Kruger
Jordan Aaron, a soon to be junior at Colfax High School, was diagnosed his freshman year of high school with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system.
After several rounds of chemotherapy treatments at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Jordan has now had three checkups in the past nine months which indicate he is cancer free. While taking the treatments last fall, he was informed by the Make-A-Wish Foundation which grants wishes to children who are dealing with life-threatening medical conditions, that he had been recommended by a social worker at the clinic for the program. Because of his love for wildlife and fishing and hunting, Jordan chose to take a trip to Alaska.
Jordan and his family members including mom Liberty, stepdad Kevin Snyder, dad Tony and stepmom Terri Aaron along with sister Heather will leave this week for a five-day trip where they will see glaciers, mountains, fjords and volcanos. And of course, they will get plenty of time to fish. The trip is paid for by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, which is based out of the Milwaukee area. It was presented July 16 by representatives Dawn Marcott and Laura Ripienski of the Western Wisconsin branch, along with a cake and balloons in the Woods Run office.
Although being sick with a life-threatening disease is never a good thing, Jordan is thankful for the opportunity the foundation has given him and his family.
“I asked to go on an Alaskan trip because I figured it was somewhere I would never get to go on my own,” he said. “I am really excited and looking forward to the trip.”