Washington County VA

Johnson City girl overcomes sickness and keeps running

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - In October of 2011, five-year-old Jordan Havert was competing in relay races, taking ballet classes and living life as a normal kindergartener at Lake Ridge Elementary School. Little did she and her parents know, pneumonia was rapidly taking over her lungs and causing her body to go into total failure.

Jordan, whose family had just relocated from Alaska to the Tri-Cities six weeks prior, was admitted to Niswonger Children's Hospital and spent 21 days there.

She recovered from the scare, and to celebrate, exactly one year after being discharged from the hospital, Jordan decided to participate in the 2012 Niswonger Children's Hospital Kids' Run and Walk ‘n' Roll. The event promotes physical activity for kids from infants through fifth grade.

Leading up to the event, Jordan logged 12 miles of running and then completed the final 1.1 miles on the day of the Kids' Run.

This year she's doing it again. The event is part of the Bluegrass Half Marathon weekend and takes place Sept. 21 at 9:30 a.m. The start line will be in front of University School on the ETSU campus, and the fun run will end at the MSHA Athletics Center where Family Activity Day will be underway.

To register for the race, click here.

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