Jacksonville teen receives ‘2019 Marine Corps Child of the Year’ award

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Jaxson Jordan received the 2019 Marine Corps Military Child of the Year® Award as a 13-year-old 7th grader from Jacksonville.

Jordan is the son of Master Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Jordan and Rebecca Jordan.

As a dyslexic, visually impaired child who lives in chronic pain with mobility issues and organ damage from overlapping autoimmune diseases, Jordan chose to make a difference in this world.

His interest in serving others began at age 5 when he started his work with the Arthritis Foundation.

While still an elementary student, he began organizing multiple food drives to battle food insecurity, starting at his school then expanding to local soup kitchens, food banks, and the Ronald McDonald House.  

When Hurricanes Florence and Michael hit North Carolina, Jaxson immediately sprang into action.

Jaxson told his mother he had $100 saved that he could use to buy supplies.

His mother matched it and Jaxson walked into Walmart and spoke with the manager about wanting to buy supplies to start a hurricane drive at his sister’s school.

With his money, he bought $200 worth of supplies, food, and clothing, and got an additional $200 worth of supplies donated by the manager.

Motivated and armed with a plan, Jaxson then went to multiple businesses to let them know how the manager at Walmart matched his donation and how they didn’t want to miss an opportunity to help the community.

His plan worked, and within 3 hours, Jaxson brought back $1200 worth of donations to the school.

But Jaxson’s mission to make a difference in the world began well before his natural disaster response.

He and his brother suffer from several severe forms of arthritis, lung and other health conditions.

Jaxson was unable to return to school while it was under repair due to hurricane damage, as it posed a hazard to his health.

In the meantime, Jaxson found strength, purpose, hope and a love of advocacy through the Arthritis Foundation.

He tirelessly worked on a grassroots campaign, volunteered countless hours, and mentored other children with this disease.

He’s also worked closely with our nation’s representatives and senators to change policy, provide funding for research and lifesaving medications, and acquire incentives for doctors to specialize in pediatric rheumatology due to the shortage of specialists.  

He speaks publicly about his journey and has shown time and time again, his honor, courage and commitment learned through a life of service as a military child.

Jaxson has received many accolades for his volunteerism and leadership roles including Presidential Volunteer Awards, Junior Ambassador Awards (Arthritis Foundation), Logan’s Heroes Honu Award and Lead Award for Outstanding Community Service and Leadership, and multiple volunteer appreciation awards (Arthritis Foundation, Armed Services YMCA, Blue Star Families, and Logan’s Heroes Foundation).

He does all of this and more while maintaining honor roll status as he pursues his education, special braille instruction, and hobbies which include playing the saxophone, robotics, Legos, traveling and spending time with his friends.
Service Highlights

  • Arthritis Foundation
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Logan’s Heroes Foundation
  • USO
  • Operation Homefront
  • Give Kids The World
  • Armed Services YMCA
  • Blue Star Families
  • Hawaii Food Bank
  • Onslow Community Outreach
  • Fisher House

Other Highlights

  • Training service dogs
  • Student Council
  • Band – playing alto saxophone

Favorite Quote:
“My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.” – Elaine Maxwell

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