The Jordan KEller Project
On February 20, 2014, at just four years old, Jordan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). With the hope of a 95% survival rate, Jordan began a two-year chemotherapy course. With chemo running through her blood and having lost her hair, Jordan attended the first day of kindergarten and was present nearly every day thereafter while still undergoing treatment. She learned how to handle difficult situations and did so with grace and maturity beyond her years.
Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with six months of treatment remaining, Jordan fell victim to an unexplained high fever in November of 2015. She was admitted to Rady Children’s Hospital and rapidly lost her ability to speak and walk. Her fever reached a deadly level of 107 degrees leading to multiple seizures and triggering a transfer to the pediatric intensive care unit where she was placed into a medically-induced coma. Two weeks later, she was diagnosed with West Nile Encephalitis as a result of a mosquito bite. Jordan’s immunocompromised state from the ALL and chemo was more than she could handle, and explained why her symptoms were so severe. She would remain in the PICU for seven more weeks where she underwent a tracheostomy and became ventilator-dependent. She spent her sixth Christmas in the pulmonary unit that became her residence for the next 4 months. During this time, she had surgery to insert a g-tube for feedings. Shortly after being weaned off the ventilator and having the trach removed, she returned home in April to a long-awaited reunion with her 4-year-old brother.
Currently, Jordan is 8 years old and suffers from spastic quadriplegia resulting in an inability to walk, use her upper extremities, or talk. She primarily relies on her g-tube for feedings. In June of 2017, a Baclofen pump was implanted in order to receive medicine injections directly to her spinal fluid. With the use of eye gaze technology, Jordan is able to communicate via a computer with family and friends.
Jordan is anticipated to be limited to a wheelchair for the rest of her life and will require the support of her family for long-term care. Currently, the Keller’s two-story Carmel Mountain Ranch home is not adequately accessible for Jordan, who’s bedroom is located on the second floor. This requires her parents to lift her up and down one flight of stairs multiples times a day. She also needs to be carried in and out of her shower chair that is currently in a standard tub. At 8 years old, she is 4’3” and 50lbs, however, this cannot be sustained long term as her parents will have increased difficulty lifting her as she continues to grow. Due to consistent medical expenses, and time off work to care for Jordan, the Keller’s do not have the means to purchase a different house, nor remodel their existing home.
DPR Construction, alongside Brazzon Danek Architecture, CPC Architects, KPFF, Michael Baker International, and tk1sc have teamed together to envision a renovation which will provide accessibility and independence to Jordan and her family. The addition of 400 square feet to the first floor of their home allows for the creation of a first-floor bedroom suite for Jordan, which will transform daily life for the Keller family, and provide an ADA compliant environment for Jordan’s needs today, and in the future. Structural and electrical investigations, along with site surveys have been conducted, and a preliminary floor plan has been developed.
A portion of the funds raised from DPR’s 5th Annual Cornhole Summer Classic will be dedicated to the renovation, offsetting costs for items and trades that are not donated; and/or providing for temporary housing for the duration of the renovation. Additionally, DPR Construction has committed to performing project management services, concrete and drywall/framing scopes of work.