Mum inspires determination
STRONG WILL: Jordan Fitzgerald, 15, with Dad Jason and sister Monique, 17, at their Kirwan home with a picture of Mum Melissa who inspired Jordan’s fundraising efforts WHEN Jordan Fitzgerald’s mother was fighting cancer she taught him the importance of a strong will.
It’s for this reason that t h e 1 5 - y e a r - o l d h a s stood by his determination to participate in Shave for a Cure, even though it stands against his school’s uniform policy.
Jordan was suspended from Ryan Catholic College last year after signing up for the annual event to show support for those who had suffered like his mum.
The charity was the young student’s way of coping with the devastating situation.
J o r d a n ’ s m o t h e r Melissa has since lost her battle against melanoma, after first being diagnosed in 2007.
‘‘ We were very close friends,’’ Jordan said of his mother.
‘‘ We are a very close family.’’
Jordan’s father Jason, who supported his son in 2010, said he was proud of the commitment shown.
Mr Fitzgerald said the school had stayed quiet on the issue this year.
‘‘ They told him they didn’t want to suspend him last year but they h a d t o f o l l o w t h e s c hool ’ s p o l i c y , ’ ’ he said. ‘‘ They said it was also the chance for him to have some time out from school.
‘‘ The school has been very supportive ( since Melissa passed away in June).
‘‘ They have supported the kids and the family.’’
Jordan’s whole family backed his decision to g o a h e a d w i t h t h e World’s Greatest Shave in 2010 and applauded his efforts in raising $ 500 for the charity.
T h i s y e a r h e h a s raised almost $ 2600 for the cause.
‘‘ It’s important for us, as parents, to support him when he feels so p a s s i o n a t e l y a b o u t what is a great cause, as f a r a s we a r e c o n - cerned,’’ Melissa said after his effort last year.
‘‘ I respect Ryan and the rules they have – obviously I send my children there for a reason – but in this particular case I think they a r e b e i n g n a r r o w - minded and I think it’s against t he Catholic faith.’’
At the time of her death, Melissa told her s on t o continue his fundraising efforts.
Jordan’s sister Monique, 17, has also raised $ 800 for cancer through a ‘‘ Girl’s Night In’’ event.
She graduated from Ryan Catholic College at the end of last year.