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Causes: Health

Mission: The Jordan Thomas Foundation provides children affected by limb loss with the prostheses they need throughout childhood and adolescence, and serves as a caring resource, advocate, and support system for these children and their families.

Target demographics: kids living with limb difference

Direct beneficiaries per year: 63

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: the prostheses they need to live active health lives.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Jordan Thomas Foundation has changed my daughter's life forever! We have been truly blessed by the generosity of its donars and the volunteers! Our daughter, Halle, was born with a congenital heart defect, and spent her first 8 months of life in the cardiac ICU. She had 3 open heart surgeries while inpatient, and at 5 months old required a right leg through-the-knee amputation due to complications during a 27 minute code. Aside from joining the heart family world, here we were being thrown into the amputee world. We knew nothing! The first 3 years out of the hospital, we just did what we were told. Halle was doing fine, she crawled, walked with a walker, and eventually was walking unassisted! We we're thrilled! But something was missing, and we knew we couldn't afford a new prosthesis for our girl at the rate she was growing. I did some research, and reached out on FB to POA (Prosthetic and Orthotic Associates in Orlando). They directed me to the Jordan Thomas Foundation, and we applied right away! Halle was chosen to become part of their family, and the rest is history! She is running, jumping, flipping... doing everything a 4 year old loves to do! She is fearless and determined! Her new leg has changed her life! 'Thank you' just doesn't seem like enough to show how much we love this foundation! Thank you Jordan and your family for blessing all of the JTF families!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have a 2 year old daughter Chloe who was accepted by the Jordan Thomas Foundation earlier this year. She was born with only a foot attached at the hip and doesn't have a leg on her right side.

She got her first prosthetic in June 2020, but it was very difficult getting insurance to cover the first prosthetic, and they basically told us they wouldn't approve anymore under this policy.

Since our daughter is so young she will need lots of new prosthetics, modifications, and adjustments, and given the overall expense of a prosthetic, this was not a cost that we would have been able to pay out of pocket.

We had heard of the Jordan Thomas Foundation from our local prosthetist, and they have been amazing to work with, and have opened up so many amazing avenues for our daughter that we couldn't have afforded without this charity. The care and passion that this charity has for helping children with prosthetics is truly beautiful and inspiring.

Since they will cover her prosthetics until she is 18, that financial burden has been lifted off of our family, and we are able to explore the best options for our daughter. She now has two prosthetics that have given her the ability to run and jump and be more active than her original prosthetic provided. This was only possible because of the Jordan Thomas Foundation. Because of this amazing charity we can explore so many other prosthetic options to give our daughter the most function from her prosthetic, without the fear that we cant afford it if insurance denied the claim.

Since being accepted by the Jordan Thomas Foundation we have also seen some of the other children that they have helped. Every one of these families stories are so beautiful and the Jordan Thomas Foundation is giving each of these families so much hope, joy, and the opportunity for them to give their child the best possible care.

The Jordan Thomas Foundation has given so much to so many families and we feel so blessed and fortunate to be apart of the JTF Family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful organization for our son! Great people!!

Christy S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Noah and our family’s life before JTF was sad. We couldn’t plan to do most activities because Noah’s leg might hurt. We always brought crutches, or wheelchair everywhere. Because of JTF, we can have fun as a family doing anything, anywhere. Noah even has a water leg and doesn’t have to crawl on the beach. I still cry every time I see him walk in the water. God bless you JTF. Bless you for changing our lives.

shanmck54

Client Served

Rating: 5

The work that this foundation is doing is nothing but life changing! Our girls have been given so much opportunity to reach their fullest potential thanks to The JTF!

Previous Stories
1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been benefactors of The Jordan Thomas Foundation for many years now. Having adopted two children with physical limb differences, we could only imagine what the care was going to be. JTF gives us the opportunity to not just meet our daughters' needs, but to exceed them . Because of The Jordan Thomas Foundation our girls are able to receive the best care possible, which allows them to feel like anything they want in life is a possibility. We can't thank JTF enough, not just for their financial assistance, but for the care they have provided over these years.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m so grateful for all that the Jordan Thomas Foundation has done for my baby girl Kacee. When insurance turned away and we had no where else to go JTF came in and saved the day and we are forever indebted to them. We love you JTF

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Daughter has been part of the Jordan Thomas Foundation for several years. Such a great and caring organization. They have seen to it that she has received the needed prosthesis to be a kid, as well as achieve her dreams!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Jordan Thomas foundation changed our son's life and therefore changed our entire family's quality of life. Because of their generosity and thoughtfulness in providing multiple prosthetic legs from the very best prosthetic clinic in the world, POA, we can do things as a family that we were never able to do before. JTF is God's hands and feet to us, something we never experienced before.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Jordan Thomas Foundation is an amazing organization that is truely serving amputee children in ways that private insurance, Medicaid, and traditional prosthetics organizations are not. Jordan Thomas Foundation showed up for Noah when he needed them and provided the plane tickets, hotel fees, prosthetic specialist payments, and equipment costs for two sets of prosthetics: walking legs and running blades. Not only that, they are committed to continuing to provide these services for Noah until he is 18 years old. Without the Jordan Thomas Foundation, Noah still wouldn't have prosthetics. This week Noah was walking for the first time independently on his new prosthetics, buying his first baseball bat because for the first time in his life he has legs that will empower him to play ball with his peers. He proudly walked up to the cashiers counter, independent for the first time, because of the Jordan Thomas Foundation. Please, please, please add this foundation to the list of amazing organizations doing work that the rest of traditional methods do not achieve.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter was born with bilateral tibial hemimelia, a 1 in 3 million condition when it affects both legs. She underwent a complicated reconstruction surgery and had a through knee amputation on the other leg. She's always been an incredibly spunky, energetic and active little girl both before and after surgeries. After her surgery she got her prosthetic and had to learn to walk on two legs for the first time ever. At 5 years old she worked so hard. By 6 years old she was back to playing sports. At 7 years old she was on the winning team for softball with her typical peers. But she was disappointed because she knew she wasn't as fast as the other kids on the team. That's where Jordan Thomas Foundation came in and helped her get her first running leg. Now she is all the more confident. They also got her her water legs. She is very short stature and has a hard time swimming because she can't always touch. Having a water leg allowed her to be more independent in the pool, independent climbing inflatable waterslides and indepedent splashing and jumping in the waves at the beach. And most importantly she gained a huge confidence boost because it gives her two legs to run around and people aren't staring at her residual limb and asking where her foot went. They're staring at her cool prosthetic with the emoji design on it!!! Running legs and water legs are not typically approved by insurance and it's huge that Jordan Thomas Foundation gets her those.

They also make it possible for us to get to the world's best prosthetists in Orlando, FL. We tried the prosthetists close to home and they wanted to give her a prosthetic with a strapping system or a pin system, and she is able to run without any of that in her custom fit, custom made prosthetic from the best.

We are so grateful for Jordan Thomas foundation not only for the help they give us in getting the best legs for our daughter to keep her active, but also for the other families that are involved. They are an invaluable resource and it's so comforting to have other families that just get it. This Foundation came into our lives at just the right time and we are so grateful to them. Whether it's snowboarding, cheerleading, swimming, gymnastics, or playing kickball with the boys at recess, our girl does awesome because she has the best, from the best. And we immensely appreciate that!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at the age of 5. He had a partial amputation which will require a prosthetic for the rest of his life.
The Jordan Thomas Foundation graciously agreed to supply him with a prosthetic until he is 18 years old. While juggling all of the stress and financial concerns that come with a cancer trial, JTF has come alongside of us to make sure our son has what he needs most, a chance to be normal.
Thank you JTF!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Jordan Thomas Foundation works relentlessly to provide kids with the prosthesis needed in order to enhance their lives and their families!

2 Adrienne C.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Noah is my adoptive son from foster care and the Jordan Thomas Foundation has made getting the best prosthetic care a reality for us! Words can’t describe how grateful we are to them!

2 Karen Slayden K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been so impressed with this organization and their dedication to helping kids lead active lives! Press On!!!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This foundation changes the entire course of life for the individuals it touches. #pressonjt

3 Jordan T.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is hard to put into words what the Jordan Thomas Foundation has meant to me. After losing my legs in a boating accident, I was confronted with the reality that many children are not provided with access to the prosthetics that they need and deserve to live happy and productive lives. Through unimaginable community support and generosity, we've been able to provide countless children with prosthetics since 2005- a hand to grasp a toy, a leg to help climb steps, etc. In short, this is my life's work and I will continue to advocate on behalf of children with limb loss forever. I hope you'll join me!

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

JTF is a great foundation with generous donors, outstanding volunteers and a truly worthy mission. I've been blessed to serve on the Board and see firsthand the positive impact of our Foundation in the lives of kids. The Foundation offers support for kids with prostheses in many ways - acquiring the right device, supporting the kids at camps, and encouraging them both emotionally and socially. Jordan Thomas is a remarkable young man and his desire to serve kids continues to inspire us all.

4 Susan F.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Samantha Fraser. I am15 and have been a JTF beneficiary since 2009. JTF is an amazing organization that made it possible for us to get the prosthetic legs I have needed for basic growth and sporting activities. I have been able to get a special keg for rock wall climbing and running. I received
Nyla qualified and participated in the junior national track and field meet in Minnesota. I placed 4th in the 100 meter and 3rd in the 4 by 100 relay!! I came in first in the shot put, javelin, and discus!! Without the jordan thomas foundation I would not be able to do all these activities that will hopefully result in a college scholarship!! Thank you to the Jordan Thomas Foundation!!!

4 Catherine G.3

Donor

Rating: 5

My father was an amputee due to a childhood accident. He worked his way through college and law school and went on to be a successful attorney during a time before ADA or other support for physically challenged Americans. He didn’t often discuss his medical challenge but I remember a few stories about his being a child with an ill fitting prosthesis due to normal childhood growth patterns and how that limited his life. Happy to support this organization that makes sure other children dealing with childhood accidents or medical challenges do not have to deal with those limitations. I know from my Dad that you simply work to overcome your challenges but happy that some children with have that a tiny bit easier with proper fitting prosthesis and special prosthesis for their favorite activities.

4 April Jiles F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Awesome nonprofit making a huge difference in the quality of life for children needing prosthetics!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to witness the amazing work of JTF through my wife's work with the organization. She shares the photos of the beneficiaries regularly and it is amazing to see what the assistance of the foundation helps the kids achieve! I look forward to seeing how the organization and its current beneficiaries continue to grow.

3 Liz K.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am Jordan's mom and feel so very lucky to be part of this foundation. Over the past 12 years I have seen our recipients achieve what would not have been possible
without Jordan's vision and help from the foundation. We have funded swimming legs, dancing legs, golf legs and running legs for ordinary kids and for para Olympic medal winners.
Being part of this work has brought some sense of reason to an otherwise senseless tragedy. I feel like I am the lucky one.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was privileged to meet Jordan and his family shortly after his accident upon his return to Chattanooga. I joined the board just after the foundation was created. I have met many amazing people in the amputee community through my work as a prosthetist but never have I met a 16 year old new amputee who envisioned a foundation to provide prostheses for children that might not have a chance to receive one - before he himself was fit with prostheses. From that day on Jordan has focused his efforts on this one goal. Through the JTF he has improved the lives of many children and in the process become a role model for many. It is my great honor to serve on this foundation board.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

My experience with JTF has been short, but powerful. The organization is comprised of an impressive group of folks that have an unparalleled desire to help those within its reach and capacity.