Teen battles through depression to graduate
VILLANOVA, Pa. - June 10, 2008 (WPVI) -- This was a special graduation night for a young man who battled against some very long odds.
Walking to get a diploma is something most high school students take for granted. But not Jordan Burnham, who was told he would never walk again.
Jordan says, "It's been a long process to get here, and it's been a battle everyday. But to see it come to pass is amazing."
A story that is truly amazing. 8 months ago, unable to battle depression, Jordan jumped from his family's 9th floor apartment. In the hospital, unable to envision resuming a normal life, sitting in his bedroom he could visualize the completion of his comeback
"I think it's gonna shock a lot of people. I think it's gonna be a teary eyes moment for everyone," said Burnham.
Tears of joy for a young man whose inspirational story has been embraced by the nation.
Last month he spoke on Capitol Hill during a congressional hearing on teen depression. Last Friday he went to his senior prom... this was his way of saying thanks to those who would not let him quit.
"To be able to hug my dad as soon as I got down the stairs, it was really just a remarkable moment for both of us."
"It was just incredible. I feel very blessed that he was able to do what he did," said Earl Burnham, Jordan's father.
The next blessing in his life - he hopes to become a sportscaster.
"There's no day that really compares to this one because there were so many things before the accident I took for granted."
Jordan's mother, Georgette tells us, "He can go on and do what he wants to do now with his life. But I'm just overwhelmed."
Not the valedictorian, not the salutatorian, but Jordan Burnham is still the head of the Upper Merion Class of 2008.
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