Orange County girl with sickle cell disease inspiring people across the nation


She’s only eight years old, but Jordin Jackson is already doing big things.

The Orange County girl is representing California as a Children’s Miracle Network Champion.

Jordin has sickle cell disease and in her short life, has already undergone countless hospital stays for pain management and four bouts of acute chest syndrome.

Donations to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals have paid for the 20 (or more) daily heat packs that help increase Jordin’s blood circulation and reduce discomfort during a pain crisis. Donations also purchased a bladder scanner that doctors used to monitor Jordin’s organs.

The help Jordin has received has inspired her to give back. She not only wants to be a doctor, she also wants to raise money and awareness to help other children like her.

Though the “Jordin’s Journey” Facebook page, friends and family have raised $42,000 for her children’s hospital in Orange County and purchased a machine that allows doctors to monitor blood disorders faster and more efficiently.

Now, as Champions, Jordin and pediatric patients from every state, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, are taking their efforts nationwide.

To learn more about Jordin and CMN Hospitals, check out our story below, airing statewide this week on California Life.