Oklahoma Cyclist Pedaling Past Health Problems

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015, 7:50 pm
By: News On 6

Hannah Jordan is a 13-year-old who overcame a life-threatening condition and now hopes to inspire others by doing what she was told was impossible.

“I like the daringness of it. They speed up, I speed up, it's kind of like drag racing on bikes,” she said.

Hannah's a cyclist, and she's competitive - she's been fighting for her life for years.

She's had a G-tube, like a feeding tube since she was six; it pumps a dextrose solution directly into her stomach - sugar water.

She doesn't store glycogen like you and I might, so she has to supplement calories with that.

"She's not a big eater. Some she has to consume in liquid, some goes directly into her stomach through the G-tube, some she has to eat," said Hannah's mom, Alicia Jordan.

Since she's taken up cycling, they've continually adjusted how many calories she needs. She rides 100 to 150 miles a week.

She's only been riding for about four months and she likes to be in front. All along their ride, the guys behind kept encouraging her to slow down, but that wasn't happening.

Her mom said she's going to Iceland next month.

"She's going to help design a program and adventure camp for girls like her," she said.

Imagine, when she was eight, doctors were so confounded by her condition she went on a Make A Wish trip, now she does triathlons, cycling races and will soon be cycling in Iceland.

Her parents call her a walking miracle, and it's hard to disagree.

You can learn more about Hannah's fundraising efforts and what she'll be doing in Iceland by clicking the links.