Jordan's dying wish to help others with childhood cancer
WHEN bubbly Year 10 student Jordan Hey passed away after battling an aggressive liver cancer earlier this year, an entire community was left hurting.
The Westside Christian College student was known as a cheeky and optimistic 14-year-old who never had trouble making those around him smile, and was known by teachers as a "good kid".
His mother Janelle however was relieved to see one of her son's few minor acts of rebellion, a note written on a school desk in pencil which simply read, "Jordan Hey was here 2011".
The desk was discovered just days after Jordan's passing by school groundsman Luke Saxon.
Mr Saxon got in touch with chaplain Sheralyn Anderson, who organised for the simple message to be permanently etched into the timber and gifted to his family.
Jordan's mother, who also did her schooling at the college, said her family had been overwhelmed with support offered by staff and students at the Goodna school.
"Jordan attended one week of Year 10 before he went into hospital. They discovered tumours in his liver and both of his lungs. These were biopsied the next day and his diagnosis was stage four transitional-type hepatocellular carcinoma with pulmonary metastases," Mrs Hey said.
"Just five weeks after diagnosis he developed blood clots in both lungs. It was discovered the tumours were showing no response to the chemo regime he was on. His treatment was then changed to a combination of chemo generally used in adults rather than children."
Sadly Jordan's cancer continued to spread and on May 23, just-three-and-a-half months after his diagnoses, the decision was made to stop treatment and keep him as comfortable as possible.
"Jordan came home on June 22, and passed away on July 23 at home in the arms of his mum, dad and younger brother," Mrs Hey said.
"Throughout his cancer fight Jordan remained positive and when the pain and sickness subsided enough, he was always ready to joke and laugh."
Mrs Hey said her family was touched by the school's gesture, and that Jordan's younger brother Jamieson was already using the desk to do his homework.
"After Jordan passed away, the school has shown compassion and care in ways that have blown us away," she said.
"They introduced a new award at presentation evening, called the Jordan Hey Striving For Success Memorial Trophy, they presented us with the desk, and they have worked with us to keep Jamieson up to date with his school work despite many missed days of school.
"Westside Christian College has helped make this horrendous journey just that little bit easier and for that we will be forever grateful."
In accordance with Jordan's wishes, his family have raised more than $11,000 for the Children's Hospital Foundation Tumour Bank to fund research into the treatment of childhood cancers.