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Troutdale teen goes on the offensive in battle against leukemia


Corbett firefighters join Troutdale benefit in support of Jordan Anderson

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Jordan Anderson, a senior at Reynolds High School, was diagnosed with leukemia in January.As many have heard, Jordan Anderson, the daughter of Troutdale City Councilor Eric Anderson, is in the midst of a battle against a rare form of leukemia.

The Reynolds senior was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia, a cancer of white blood cells, on Thursday, Jan. 23. Within 24 hours, she entered her first round of chemotherapy.

The 18-year-old is home now, but is scheduled to begin her next round of treatment anytime.

“She’s doing well,” Anderson said of his only daughter. “We take it day by day.”

In a show of support for Jordan, the local community is teaming up with Corbett firefighters of District 14 at the Skyland Pub in Troutdale Friday, Feb. 28, to raise money for the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb, which benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

All of the donations and raffle funds will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, according to the event’s organizers. Tickets for raffles are on sale for $5 each or three for $10.

Out of the blue

Anderson said his daughter’s diagnosis came as a complete shock.

“We thought she had the flu,” he said. “She had a headache and felt a little dizzy.”

Jordan also was dehydrated, which he found strange since she practically lived at the gym and was rarely seen without a water bottle in her hand.

“She had a lot of bad white blood cells that were negating the water,” Anderson said.

“When she was diagnosed, we were scared,” Anderson added.

He works at GameDay Sports Marketing and serves on the Troutdale City Council.

Jordan “has been amazingly cooperative throughout this whole thing,” he said.

“From day one, Jordan kind of adopted a motto of ‘I got this,’ ” Anderson said. “And she’s going to beat it. Her spirits are good, her attitude is good, and her energy is as good as to be expected.”

Support from the community is part of that energy as well, he said.

“So many people are pulling for Jordan, and she feels it,” he said.

Acute promyelocytic leukemia is the most curable form of leukemia, but also the most aggressive, Anderson said, adding, “It’s quite rare.”

Jordan and her dad, both huge football fans, look to Chuck Pagano, head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, for a motivational spark. Three months after Pagano was diagnosed and treated for the same disease and is in remission.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Jordan, 18, has completed her first found of chemotherapy treatment and is scheduled for the next anytime now.Jordan also is a huge Minnesota Vikings fan, he said. She even named her hospital IV pole after Christian Ponder, the Vikings’ quarterback. The Vikings returned the support by sending the teen a personalized message.

Jordan has been accepted to the University of Oregon and will head to Eugene in the fall, her father said. She plans to double major in sports psychology and business.

Reynolds High School has allowed Jordan to participate in school at her leisure. In between chemo treatments, she has found time to do her school work at home.

“We inspire our kids because that’s what we are supposed to do, but when you get a moment when your kid can inspire you, that’s something special,” Anderson said. “How can we let ourselves get down, when Jordan is fighting this thing and beating this with a positive attitude, strong faith and incredible support team.”

Several friends in the community have started fundraisers in support of Jordan’s fight against cancer.