Brave teen with no arms seek­ing funds for new car

Con­cert pays re­spect to Queen of Soul Franklin

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

TEENAGER Jor­dan Hann wants to hit the open road and isn’t about to let his lack of arms stop him.

The 16-year-old -old Heat­ley Sec­ondary Col- lege stu­dent is fi­nally old enough to drive and is s ready to get be- hind the wheel l and learn.

Born without arms, Jor­dan has beaten the odds s time and again, n, in­clud­ing his on­go­ing i pas­sion for archery and bike rid­ing.

While most may take these ac­tiv­i­ties for granted, the Townsville teen has found ways to adapt – learn­ing how to drive will be no dif­fer­ent. “It’s go­ing to be a chal­lenge, but I’ll be able to do it,” he said. Mother Re­nee K Ker­ri­son said the fa fam­ily had al­ready re se­cured a driv­ing agency cer­ti­fied to teach Jor­dan Jo (pic­tured) but b he needs a suitable su car. “In or­der for NDIS N to mod­ify the car ca to suit Jor­dan’s needs we need to pur­chase a car,” she said. Jor­dan’s fam­ily plan to start a GoFundMe page to help him raise money to buy the car. THE late Aretha Franklin’s songs were so im­pact­ful that some of mu­sic’s su­per­stars, from Ali­cia Keys to Ce­line Dion, have taken to the stage to re­live the Queen of Soul’s big­gest hits in a trib­ute con­cert.

Ev­ery ren­di­tion of Franklin’s songs from Re­spect to I Say a Lit­tle Prayer brought au­di­ence mem­bers to their feet at “Aretha! A GRAMMY Cel­e­bra­tion For The Queen Of Soul” in Los An­ge­les.

A mon­tage of Franklin was shown through­out the show, in­clud­ing one with on-screen trib­ute quotes from for­mer pres­i­dent Barack Obama, Bar­bra Streisand, Wil­lie Nel­son and Tony Ben­nett.

“Aretha set the bar,” a quote from Quincy Jones read.

Franklin died in her Detroit home at the age of 76 from pan­cre­atic can­cer.

Fam­ily mem­bers, in­clud­ing her grand­son who spoke at her fu­neral, were in at­ten­dance at the trib­ute, which was hosted by film­maker and ac­tor Tyler Perry.

Jen­nifer Hud­son, who will star in Franklin’s biopic, kicked off the trib­ute, which will airin the US on March 10 on CBS.

The Dream­girls ac­tress set the tone for an en­er­getic night per­form­ing Think while wear­ing a stun­ning white dress.

Dion re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion be­fore she per­formed.

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