Jordyn De La Torre – Arizona Nomination and Photography by Liebrock Photography Issue 43 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: At age 7 Jordyn was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. She endured months of chemotherapy and pain but persevered. She now has a 4.6 GPA is a member of countless school and community clubs and hopes to go to medical school because she was too inspired by the doctors that helped her. Not only does she participate in advanced placement classes, but she is also a student in the IB Advanced Placement program. The Nation’s most rigorous academic program. She has it all! Brains, beauty, and the biggest, most caring heart. She inspires me! I just had to nominate her!
Photography by Jennifer De La Torre
Please share your cancer journey with us and how it has inspired your medical career. I have been raised around doctors who had diagnosed Stage IV Wilms tumor in my kidney when I was seven years old, doctors who planned out my chemotherapy afterwards, and doctors who helped facilitate my remission. They are the reason that I am alive today and why I am so happy to have the surgical scar stretched across my stomach. It was their dedication to ensure my prolonged health that has inspired me to someday become one of them. To achieve this goal, I have dedicated much of my time and energy into my schoolwork by engaging in the International Baccalaureate Diploma program as well as numerous clubs around my school. This adventure of an education coupled with prolonged medical complications has taught me the value of working through any hardships that may come my way so that I can come out the other side a better person. I am who I am today because of what I have been through, what the doctors around me have done for me, and the lessons I have learned along my path of education.
How has the coronavirus hindered your process and how did you work around it? Was there something positive that arose from it? Lately my life and the world around me has been swarmed with doctors explaining the negative effects of the coronavirus and the actions that need to be taken against it. Stay home. Don’t wear a mask. Quarantine. Don’t go to school. Wear a mask. Go to school. My education has cycled between the normal coalition of students in a courtyard to paperwork filed on a laptop screen. In-person. Online. I’ve been wired up to the continuous stream of medical reports and news updates since the outburst of the pandemic. Though coronavirus has inhibited the fluency of an organized education, it has taught me the language of self propelled knowledge. My months spent in quarantine have given way to hours of answers and research to questions I was able to formulate without the schedule of a seven-class day. Without this time spent to myself, I would not have been able to explore my own interests and discover my devotion to discovery. It was this time that has solidified my need to one day become a doctor.
Photography by Liebrock Photography
As an officer & a leader, what legacy do you hope to leave behind for future leaders at Chandler Buddies? After having spent four years as an officer for Chandler Buddies, I hope to have left a legacy of acceptance and love. I have had an incredible experience coordinating and planning countless events that have brought people with and without intellectual disabilities together. It has really taught me the value of learning from others who are not like me and the strength that can be found in diversity. I hope that future leaders of Chandler Buddies will be able to enjoy it as much as I have.
Look for Jordyn in issue 43 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!