At the age of sixteen Jordan Thomas, an athletic, healthy teenager, lost both of his legs to a boating accident while on vacation with his family. Thomas was fortunate enough to have financial stability and good insurance that allowed him to get top of the line prosthetic legs. However, while in the hospital, he encountered many children lacking this stability, or dealing with insurance companies that would only cover minimal medical devices. He was particularly moved by the fact that many child amputees struggle to get insurance coverage, as they outgrow several prosthetic limbs as they grow.
Thomas’s accident became his call to adventure, and while in the hospital he accepted the call. He immediately decided that it was necessary for him to help provide ongoing prosthetic limbs for children in need. He developed the Jordan Thomas Foundation, which raises money through selling bracelets, holding charity golf tournaments, and running cookouts. The foundation partners with children through their growth years, providing prosthetic limbs until they are 18.
Jordan Thomas acted heroically in accepting his call to help other children achieve their dreams. He says, “If we provide them with prosthetics, then that creates a whole gambit of opportunity for them to achieve whatever they want … and I think they deserve that.” The Jordan Thomas Foundation currently has four beneficiaries for whom ongoing prosthetic devices are being provided.