Leaving his disability at the bottom step

By Marj Moore 30 January 2017, 12:00AM

Samoa’s Jordon Milroy’s ‘Give a Little’ page says it all. 

“Ten towers climbed, 16 wheelchairs donated, 21,000 inspired, let’s take it to the next level, Empire State Building.”

And this week Jordon is doing just that.

He will be taking part in what has been billed as ‘one of the most iconic events in all sports’ – the Empire State Building Run-Up (ESBRU).

This inspirational achiever who has Cerebral Palsy, will add to his 10 epic climbs around the world by climbing the 86 flights – 1576, stairs of the Empire State Building on Wednesday February 1 (Tuesday January 31).

And it’s all to fundraise and raise awareness about disability.

Although for Jordon himself, he says, “When I climb, I leave my disability at the bottom step.”

According to the Empire State Building website, while visitors can reach the building’s Observatory via elevator in under a minute, the fastest runners cover the 86 floors in about 10 minutes.

“His aim is always to raise awareness for people with disabilities,” said his mother, Raema von Reiche on the eve of departing Samoa to support him.

“He usually gets a bit nervous before each climb.” 

With Raema, will be family friend, Pepe McDermott and Jordon’s sister Luana Milroy who will be climbing with Jordon as his support person. 

His record to date speaks for itself. Melbourne’s Eureka Tower’s 1800 steps in 2012; the Auckland Harbour Bridge in 2013; donating 16 rugged wheelchairs to young people in Samoa; eight more towers conquered – over 42,000 steps in total and 21,ooo supporters for his Jordon’s Climb for Awareness Facebook page.

Jordon and his support team are hoping that they too will receive support from any Samoans living in New York.

Meanwhile supporters can access Jordon’s Climb for Awareness Facebook page, www.facebook.com/jordonsclimb and keep up with updates in the Samoa Observer. 

Cerebral Palsy is a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement and motor skills. The ways CP effects Jordon are that he has mobility problems such as walking with bent kneels and fine motor skills, however, this is aided by wearing A.F.O.’s ( leg supports) on his legs, as well as using a frontwards walking frame and a wheelchair for long distance. Jordon does not have any mental issues linked to Cerebral Palsy, however, when first coming into contact with him, this can be misjudged due to his slurred speech.

By Marj Moore 30 January 2017, 12:00AM

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