When she’s not cheerleading, wrestling or participating in track and field, Jordyn Davis can often be found volunteering in the Rainier community, or taking photos for the Nisqually Valley News.
Except this year, her senior year, she was forced to end her wrestling career early and will not be able to run track. Even her future as a potential collegiate cheerleader could be at risk. All of this is because of a little-known syndrome that she’s been battling for at least six years, which was just diagnosed.
Courtney Davis, Jordyn’s mom, said the condition is called celiac artery compression, caused by Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome.
“Essentially, what’s happening is whenever I eat, or drink or even exercise, I get really bad nausea and very bad abdominal pain,” Jordyn said. “We thought it was my stomach for the longest time, but it turns out to be one of my arteries, which is the celiac artery. It is being suppressed, so I don’t get enough blood flow to all of my digestive organs. They don’t get enough blood to heal and to function at their finest, but they have enough blood to essentially survive.”
This spring, Jordyn will be having surgery to cut the median arcuate ligament and to possibly reconstruct the celiac artery, she said. However, the only surgeon who has actually performed the operation Jordyn needs practices at the University of Chicago Medicine.
To help pay for trips to and from Chicago, the Davis Family’s friends have rallied around them and are helping them to put on a dinner and auction event from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Yelm Eagles on 11609 Koeppen Road S.E.
“My friends have a (fundraising) goal of $5,000,” Davis said. “I have no idea how much any of this is going to cost, but they’re setting for a goal of $5,000 for Jordyn, and we’ll take up the rest.”
A $10 spaghetti dinner will take place from 5 p.m. to about 6:30 p.m., which will be followed by a live auction and raffles from about 6:30-8 p.m.
For the auction so far, the Davis Family Fundraiser has secured a chainsaw, a free birthday party certificate from Yelm Gymnastics, wine baskets, a painting from a Rainier family, a gift certificate to the White Horse Tavern for a steak dinner, a wash and wax from Thin Blue Line and more.
The fundraiser’s goal is to take some of the financial pressure off of the Davis Family so that Jordyn can walk the path to recovery, Davis said.
“This all started in sixth grade and for a few weeks I would have to leave school every day after lunch because I would be so sick, so nauseous — I still have to do that quite a bit during the week,” Jordyn said. “Nothing helps with the nausea or the pain.”
Davis said the fundraiser is all about a small town rallying around a family in need — specifically, a girl in need — which is something that the Davis Family doesn’t hesitate to do when the shoe is on the other foot. Through the Eagles, they outpour their generosity on people who need it.
And Jordyn’s grandmother, Belinda Hayner, has even jumped into organizing relief efforts for people who have lost their homes due to fire, in addition to volunteering her time for the Nisqually Valley News and other places she works.
Jordyn has volunteered her time at auction events that benefit scholarships and education throughout the years, but said she is humbled that people would rally around her in her time of need.
“We’re a small family, a small community, and everyone’s banding together to help support me and get me through this,” Jordyn said. “It means a lot.”