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Jordan Griffith Memorial Fund

Help us continue our lifesaving efforts against heart disease and stroke by giving today.

Total Number of Gifts: 25
Total Value of Gifts: $970.00

Recent Donors

Michael & Nancy Walsh

Scott Lindstrom

The Charles Bro Family

Mark Adams Family

Lucia & Derrick

Anonymous - $100.00

Dan and Mary Wilcox

Hendricks Family

Barb and Curt Hornaday

The Pershing Family

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Jordan Griffith was born on June 26, 1991 and passed away at 23 years on April 5, 2015. Jordan was born with a congenital heart defect know as Truncus Arteriosus and died of complications during his fifth open heart surgery for repairs.

With Truncus Arteriosus pulmonary arteries branch off the Aorta. In a normally developed heart the pulmonary arteries branch off the heart. His first repair was at five months old to connect his pulmonary arteries to a conduit connected to his heart. This repair helped his heart function as close to a normal heart as possible. As he grew this repair needed to grow with him and the conduits needed to be replaced. Jordan had follow up surgeries when he was two years, four years, and fourteen years old to make the needed repairs.

Each of these repairs allowed Jordan to live a typical childhood with some physical limitations related to fatigue. As Jordan grew he was able to participate in low contact sports such as swimming and even some basketball. He participated in these sports until he was unable to keep up with his peers. Fortunately Jordan developed an early love for electronics and music which influenced much of his childhood.

Jordan's love of electronics began during his early hospitalization with a fascination for anything that had a switch or a button. He wanted to play with any electronic devise and determine how it worked and how to make it better. Because of this interest Jordan took a computer networking class in High School receiving college credit and networking certifications. From that time on he was never far from a computer. He enjoyed experimenting with different aspect of computer application and was the go to person in the family when there was a computer problem. In the last few years this skill was used in a new hobby of fan subbing for Anime shows.

Music was his other passion in life. As a young child, Jordan took a few years of piano lessons but it was easier to learn from watching and listening instead of practicing. Jordan learned enough from these early lessons to play music on the piano the rest of his life primarily through trial and error and his keen ear for music. Jordan also played drums in Junior and Senior High School jazz band. Drums in the jazz band were not enough though. He got a bass guitar and taught himself to play so he could perform on both instruments, during their performances.

The interest in electronics and music led him to participate in the drama program in high school. He was particularly interested in the technical aspects of drama involving lighting and sound. In his senior year he performed in the musical "The Wedding Singer" as a cast member. Musical theatre would remain an important part of his life as attending musicals became a frequent family activity.

On April 2, 2015, Jordan went in for what would become his final repair. Each repair becomes more difficult as scar tissue and calcification occurs around the heart and past repairs. The surgeons dealt with these problems as they worked to repair the conduits and valves this time. During the repair a tear occurred in his aortic arch which necessitated the heart/lung machine being shut down to repair the tear. During this time his brain was without oxygen for an extended period of time. The circulation was restored and the repair of his heart was finished with the hope that any damage to his brain would be minimal. Unfortunately the damage was significant and his brain swelled causing permanent damage and eventually his death on Sunday April 5, 2015.

Jordan was able to provide both his kidneys as an organ donation. He potentially saved the life of two other individuals and brought joy to their families.

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