Orcas teen paralyzed in snowboarding accident; fund set up for family

Orcas Christian School junior Jordan Griffin was the victim of a snowboarding accident on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

The sixteen-year-old was with friends at the golf course when he fell while snowboarding off a jump they had built. He broke his neck and was flown to Harborview in Seattle, where he underwent surgery on Thursday, Dec. 18. His c-six vertebrate was removed and replaced with a titanium rod. He is paralyzed from the chest down.

Jordan’s mother Rachel, his twin brother Josh, and younger sisters Bethany and Anna are in Seattle at his side. Jordan is expected to stay in the hospital for six weeks.

An account has been opened at Islanders Bank to help the family during this time. A Caring Bridge website has also been set up for him at www.caringbridge.org/visit/jordangriffin.