Jerry Windle, despite the fact that he was a single gay man, just desired to be a father to his child. His son Jordan was adopted by him in Cambodia, and he had no idea that he would go on to become a global inspiration.
Jerry Windle was a single man in his mid-30s who was going through a difficult time in his life about two decades ago. Because of the loss of his mother, he made the decision to relocate from California to Florida and pursue a different career.
He’d had a long-held desire to be a father for many years. He had been attempting to adopt a child, but the opportunities to adopt, particularly as a single, man, were quite limited, so he had given up. He was sitting at the doctor’s office in Florida when he casually browsed through a magazine article, which turned out to be the turning point in his life.
Despite the challenges he had encountered in his previous attempts to adopt, a magazine article chronicling the adoption story of another single gay man rekindled his lost optimism.
He got in touch with the Cambodian orphanage right away. Following a few months of travel, he landed in Cambodia to begin his road toward fatherhood. While there, he met Jordan, a baby with whom he immediately fell in love. When Jordan was two years old, he weighed just 16 pounds because he was unwell.
Jerry wasn’t even sure how long Jordan would be alive after he was born. “I promised him that I would do everything in my power to ensure that he would never have to suffer in the same way again. I would make any and all sacrifices I could as a father in order to provide him with every opportunity “Jerry shared his thoughts.
Jordan discovered his passion for diving when he was seven years old. Jerry encouraged him to pursue his new interest and enrolled him in swimming lessons at a summer camp for aquatic sports.
Only two years later, he won his first junior national championship, a remarkable achievement that solidified his commitment to diving even more.
Jordan put in the effort to improve his driving abilities on a consistent basis. When he reached 16, he traveled back to Cambodia, where he was born, to take part in a diving show with his father. He even spoke with some of the children whose lives he had enriched via his abilities and personal stories.
Because of covid-19 constraints, Jerry was unable to witness his son compete. Jordan, on the other hand, was unfazed by it.
Being able to communicate with them, via translator, and explain where I came from and how I was able to become the person I am today due to my father, was an incredible experience, according to Jordan.”
At the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Jordan served the United States of America with distinction, six years after the life-affirming experience of returning to Cambodia.
His heart would be with the people of Cambodia, he stated as well. Inked on his arm was the Cambodian flag, and he couldn’t wait to flaunt his new tattoo.
Ordan had previously participated in the Olympic trials twice but had failed to qualify both times. The 10-meter platform dive was his third attempt, and he finished in second place overall.
Jordan wants to use this chance to motivate and encourage others. The fact that “a lot of people and a lot of eyes will be on me” excites him even more. “It only makes me more thrilled to be able to perform at my best and demonstrate that all of this hard work can maybe pay off,” he says.
Unfortunately, Jerry was unable to attend his son’s competition owing to Covid-19 restrictions. Jordan, on the other hand, was not deterred. His ambitions to take part in the Olympics were still on track. Jordan expressed himself as follows:
“However, I am not coming to the party to see him, and it does not prevent me from having fun and showing off a little bit for the other people in the room. That is what I want to do, and I hope to do so in a way that will make him proud.”
The father-and-son team even collaborated on a book, “An Orphan No More: The True Story of a Boy,” which was published in 2012. The book depicted the power of love through the eyes of animal characters, making it an excellent read for the entire family.
Jordan’s life was permanently transformed from the moment Jerry made the pledge to provide his son with every chance he could possibly imagine. Jordan’s tenacity and determination continue to be an example to follow.
Despite the fact that Jerry was disappointed to be missing the Olympics, he is pleased with his son’s achievements.
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