SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – More than $17,000 dollars has been raised for the daughter of a Spartanburg County deputy fighting stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Jordan Freeman loves food, her family and playing softball.
She’s earned quite an impressive trophy collection that her parents proudly display in the living room.
But this 15-year-old is facing a different challenge off the field.
“I’m having to do chemo,” said Jordan.
In early June at a checkup, the Freeman’s got the unexpected diagnosis. Doctors had found cancer in her lymph nodes.
“It’s Hodgkin’s Lymphoma stage 4,” Jordan told 7News.
“It was hard,” said Tina Freeman, Jordan’s mom. “It was scary. I had heard of that name before, but I didn’t know really what it was.”
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma limits the body’s ability to fight infections.
“I was in shock. I didn’t know if it was curable or not, so I was kind of panicking,” said Jordan. “And then she said stage 4 and then my heart dropped.”
Jordan was immediately admitted for aggressive treatment.
In 3 days she dropped 10 pounds then her hair started to fall out and she’s only on the first of 5 treatment cycles.
But Jordan’s not alone on this journey. After her dad started a Facebook page for other’s to keep up with her journey, family and friends weren’t the only ones rallying behind Jordan.
“The support of the community… it’s just been so overwhelming,” Tina Freeman told 7News. “We are just thankful that they are backing us.”
More than 700 people are following the “Jordan’s Journey” Facebook page.
“Most people just want to help and it kind of makes you feel good to do and that’s what they are doing,” Mark Freeman, Jordan’s dad, said.
Jordan’s family is staying positive through the journey and even tell 7News it could always be worse.
“Is this curable,” asked 7News Reporter Stefany Bornman.
“Yes,” said Mark Freeman, Jordan’s dad. “Actually one of the doctors told us that if you are going to get cancer this is the one to get. You don’t want it, but if you have to choose this would be the one to get because of the treatments.”
Now the Freeman’s are putting their faith first and praying everyday that it won’t be long before Jordan is cancer-free.
“I know it’s curable. I know that I can fight it and get through it,” Jordan said.
The community started asking how to donate to the family to help with medical expenses, so a fundraiser was started for Jordan. Click here to donate.
Mark Freeman says they don’t have a monetary goal because they don’t know how much treatment will cost, but any money that is left over will be donated to other local charities.