Jordan ThomasIn August 2005, while diving in the waters off the Florida Keys, Jordan Thomas lost both legs from the calf down after being struck by a boat propeller. From the beginning, Jordan, whose passion is golf, said he expected to play golf again, “I expected to do everything again.” At the time, he was a member of his school’s varsity golf team.
Upon returning to Chattanooga after his accident, Jordan carried with him the stories of children he had met while recovering who, because of financial hardship, were unable to continue their rehabilitation treatment. Jordan took it upon himself, at the age of 16, to form the Jordan Thomas Foundation to raise money for children with traumatic injuries. The 2007 Jordan Thomas Foundation Golf Classic was a success, as was the second one, held in October 2008.
Jordan’s parents are both physicians at the Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and sought out the best medical and prosthetic professionals. In March 2007, they contacted POA and Jordan was fit with a pair of NPS prostheses.
“I absolutely love my NPS System that Stan and the rest of POA have provided me with,” says Jordan. “After losing both my legs below the knee in a boating accident, I was determined to not let my accident prevent me from doing the things in life that I love to do. Before the NPS system and Stan, I was limited in what I could do. Now I can do anything and everything I could do before my accident, and in some cases I am even better off now. The active and successful life that I live now simply would not be possible without all the help from POA. They have truly enabled me to live a life full of boundless opportunities!”
In November 2009, Jordan was honored as one of CNN's Top Ten Heroes for his work with the Jordan Thomas Foundation. He is currently a student at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, where he is enrolled in the international business program.
When Jordan graduates from Rollins College in May 2013, he plans to become a professional golfer.
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