Jordan Howell was diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia at fourteen, shortly after his sister passed away due to complications of Leukemia. He asked the doctor not to spare him, "to give it to him straight." He and his sister had been attending a High school with exhilarated programming, and he decided not to tell anybody about the debilitating disease, but to work hard and live life to its fullest. Supported in every possible way by his grandfather Frank Howell, he focused on his studies, discovered the theater, became the lighting designer for school plays and graduated with top grades.
During the course of his studies at UNT, Jordan switched his major from Film Production to Copywriting and Broadcast Advertising. He graduated from the RTVF department at the University of North Texas in 2002 with a 3.3 GPA.
As Jim Albright, one of the faculty members stated in a letter of recommendation:
Jordan excelled in all aspects of the advanced Copywriting course. He exhibited a work ethic rare among my students. Not only does he have total focus on the assignment, but also the right kind of focus. On the sale. On the truth well told, as the McCann motto goes.Not long after his graduation, Frank Howell, the man who vouched his grandson notwithstanding the grim diagnosis of FA, would have the best opportunities to follow his dreams, was diagnosed with lung cancer. Instead of leaving for Austin, TX to become a copywriter, Jordan focussed on spending quality time with his grandfather, and be with him till the end.
Jordan is back from a ten year hiatus. Ready to spread word about Friedreich's Ataxia, ready to raise awareness, ready to support fundraising efforts for scientific projects focussed on finding the cure for FA.