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Jordan to finally get wheels

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Lunenburg teenager was born with a rare genetic disorder that has left him mentally and physically handicapped and confined to a wheelchair for most of his life.

In recent years, that has meant that he and his mother also spend the majority of their time at home.

As a single mother of two, Ms. Corkum couldn`t afford a vehicle, much less one that is wheelchair-accessible. And even when they can get someone with a car to take them somewhere, it is a struggle to get the 130-pound teenager in and out of it.

But through the fundraising efforts of some of her friends, that is about to change.

"I`m trying hard not to get myself too excited yet, but we`re close, we`re really close," Ms. Corkum said Sunday. "It`s been a lot of work for the girls involved and we really didn`t know if we were ever going to get there, but the light is now at the end of the tunnel."

Lisa Tanner started a fundraising effort called Wheels for Jordan in April and has been organizing events and drives ever since.

She said her group underestimated how expensive the endeavour was going to be when they started pricing vehicles and were a bit concerned that they would never get there. That changed last week.

"We were having a bowl-a-thon when in walked the two local owners of the Save Easy with a check for $20,000 from President`s Choice," she said. "Mary Ann just dropped to her knees and cried. We couldn`t believe it."

The huge contribution from President`s Choice Children`s Charity has now put the bank account up around $34,000, which is enough for the ladies to start looking for a van.

"I`m not even a shopper," said Ms. Corkum.

"It`s really not something I usually enjoy, but I am quite sure I am going to love this shopping. I don`t think I will truly believe it until it is actually in my driveway, but freedom is the perfect word to describe what this will mean to us."

There are two final fundraisers planned for August that they still need to count on, but Ms. Corkum and Ms. Tanner have started looking for Jordan`s van. They have found a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander that they are having checked out by a mechanic next week.

Ms. Corkum said it could be the one.

"There are so many places that we have never been that I can`t even think of where we want to go first," she said. "We`ve never even been to Peggys Cove or he would love to go see the monkeys at Oaklawn Zoo or even just to Bridgewater Mall. I won`t need three people just to get him somewhere and we can go to his appointments with just the two of us. We`ll finally have freedom."

If the van they are looking at is mechanically sound, Ms. Corkum should be in a position to purchase it after Jammin` for Jordan at the Astor Theatre in Liverpool and a Harley Hogs bike run.

Both fundraisers are taking place on Aug. 24 and then Jordan can do more than just smile at the word freedom. He can experience it.

`I`m trying hard not to get myself too excited yet, but we`re close, we`re really close.`

© 2008 The Halifax Herald Limited

Author: Renee Stevens
Source: The ChronicalHarald
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