Jordan has had cystic fibrosis his entire life. He has done his best to not let that stop him from enjoying two of his favorite activities – hockey and fishing. At 12 years old he conquered cystic fibrosis with a pair of new lungs. He had his successful double lung transplant in June of 2013.
Jordan’s wish trip played an important role on his journey. His dad says, “He’s been fishing in Minnesota and North Dakota since he was a kid catching walleye. But he sees these pictures of these big salmon and halibut and he said, 'Dad one day I want to go and catch a salmon.'” With this enthusiasm for fishing, Jordan knew his most heartfelt wish would be to go to Alaska to fish for salmon and halibut.
When Jordan flew into Anchorage his adventure began. Jordan and his family were immediately surrounded by the beautiful mountains and the unique Alaskan wildlife. They took a day-long fishing charter and went out on the open waters of the Kenai Fjords. He caught a 60 pound halibut which was easily his favorite part of his trip. His trip was filled with fishing excursions. “It was so much fun fishing in Alaska. We caught lots of different fish, salmon, rock fish, halibut and I even caught a small shark. It’s a trip I will never forget.”
Jordan hopes to one day travel back to Alaska, but he couldn’t be more thankful for his Make-A-Wish trip. “The important thing about Make-A-Wish is they give kids something to hope for and strive for. They give something they don't want to stop fighting, they give an opportunity to do something really fun.”