Jordan's Story

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It is with profoundly heavy hearts that we share the news that in the early hours of Tuesday, May 2, 2017, Jordan Elliott Ronald Grow reached the end of his epic battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) just shy of his 21st birthday. For 15 months, with utter determination, tenacity, humor and grace, Jordan fought his cancer. It has been a very long, very hard road, rife with harrowing cliffs, hair-pin turns and rock slides yet he faced each challenge bravely and with conviction that he would ultimately prevail.

Jordan met the challenge of this disease bolstered by the dedication of his mother and support of family, friends and scores of incredible doctors, nurses and medical staff both in New Mexico and, most notably, his oncologist Dr. Gabriel Mannis and the entire team at the UCSF Medical Center.
Born May 24th, 1996, in El Granada, California, Jordan moved to Santa Fe, NM, with his mother, at the age of five. He attended Santa Fe schools, graduating from the Academy for Technology and the Classics (ATC) in 2014. While at the ATC, Jordan competed in the shot put, discus and javelin events at the NM State Track & Field Championships during his junior and senior years as well as the 2014 Down Under International Track & Field event in Australia. While in high school, he worked at the Santa Fe Ski Basin teaching skiing to children. He attended the University of New Mexico in 2014-2015 with the intention of pursuing a career in medicine.

Jordan loved to cook and was an avid artist who enjoyed sketching, drawing and photography and his dog, Bailey. He had recently rediscovered his knitting skills and was preparing to knit dozens of scarves for friends and family.

There is no upside to the death of a gentle, loving, genuinely sweet-hearted young man at the beginning of his life except perhaps to remind us all of how precious and fleeting life is. We sometimes forget to take stock in the wonder and joy of every day being. Jordan’s legacy will be to remind us to hug your family, your friends, forgive those who may have wronged you. Take stock in, and be grateful for, today, all that you have, and for those who are in your lives.

Jordan is survived by his mother, Caitlin Grow (Santa Fe, NM); father and stepmom, Thomas and Anne Ingraham (El Granada, Calif.); siblings, Trevor, Collin and Hanna Ingraham (Calif.); grandmother, Tess Ingraham (ME); uncles, aunts and cousins, Geoff (CA) Jason, Sarah, Matilda, Jemima and Maisie Grow (Gloucester), Kevin and Kim Ingraham (MI), Jeff Ingraham (ME), Corey Ingraham (FL), Tera and Sarah Ingraham, Kristy Gustafson (ME), and extended family and friends too numerous to list.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: UCSF Foundation, write "Dr. Mannis - Blood Cancer Research Fund in memory of Jordan Grow" on the memo line or an attached note and mail to: UCSF, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339.
Published on  May 13, 2017
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