Reed City resident Jordan Frederick joins "Local Hero" contest

REED CITY — Between attending doctor appointments, going to school at the Mecosta-Osceola Education Center and enjoying life, 16-year-old Jordan Frederick doesn’t have much time to worry about anything else.

A quadriplegic since birth, Jordan's limbs are low-functioning and virtually unusable. His life has been filled with doctors and aides, providing services he needs to survive.

Although Jordan can count on someone helping him get to appointments, such a sense of security comes with a price. His mother, Amy Frederick, has had to find innovative ways to get him where he needs to be after the family’s handicap accessible van broke down on their way back from an appointment in Ann Arbor.

“We’ve had a hard year medically,” Frederick admitted, explaining how her son has gone through numerous surgeries in the past year. “Most of our medical treatments come from places outside of Reed City — our local hospital doesn’t have the services Jordan needs.”

For months, Frederick’s family has pitched in, taking Jordan to his appointments all over Michigan, but even the added help hasn’t eased the burden of transporting Jordan without the aid of a van. Jordan travels from Reed City to a variety of places, including Cadillac, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor.

“It’s so hard to get him anywhere,” Frederick said. “He can go to school, since the buses are handicap accessible, but appointments are another story. A lot of our appointments are at night — things can happen at any time. I have to be able to be ready to get up and go with him whatever the hour. But it’s too expensive to buy a van that is accessible.”

While hope seemed lost for some time, Frederick soon found out about the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA), an organization that promotes the mobility of disabled people everywhere. In honor of National Mobility Awareness Month, in May, the organization is holding a “Local Heroes” contest, in which four customized wheelchair accessible vehicles will be awarded to the Local Hero winners.

A “Local Hero” is someone who volunteers, educates, advocates, achieves and perseveres. An aunt entered Jordan in the running as soon as she found out about the contest.

“Jordan is just a wonder,” Frederick said. “He laughs, plays and is happy, despite everything. Winning this contest would be a gift.”

The contest runs until Friday, May 9, until which time anyone can vote for Jordan. Voters can cast their ballot once a day. Frederick hopes to spread the word and thanks everyone who has supported her thus far.

“I’m thankful to everyone who has helped us out,” Frederick said. “To be able to get freedom for Jordan again would be such a great blessing. Having a van would give me the ability to get my son safely to where he needs to go.”

For more information, visit mobilityawarenessmonth.com.

To VOTE for Jordan follow these steps:
  • Go to mobilityawarenessmonth.com/local-heroes,
  • Search “Frederick” in the last name search bar,
  • Click on “Jordan Carl Frederick,”
  • Vote!

Voters can cast one vote per day until Friday, May 9.