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Jordan's Story

Jordan Cage Hackett, son of Stephen and Karen Hackett, was born June 7, 2002. We knew before his birth that Jordan had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Basically, he had half of a heart. Although this defect can not be fixed, there are a series of surgeries to be done over the first few years of life that can allow children to live with HLHS. Jordan had his first surgery at only four days old. It was a success, and after 6 1/2 weeks of recovery, he went home to Carthage, TN. Jordan was able to be at home for 8 weeks before returning to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital for his second surgery. It, too, was a success. However, while recovering, Jordan became ill with a blood infection. He passed away on October 14th, 2002, at four months and seven days old.

The Jordan Hackett Foundation was started by memorials made when Jordan passed away. It continues on by donations made by friends and family of Jordan who support and participate in the annual 5K run/walk held the first Saturday of May.

Jordan's Important Dates

October 15, 2001

We found out we were expecting our first child.

January 9, 2002

We found out it was a boy.

January 10, 2002

Jordan was diagnosed in the 5th month of pregnancy to have HLHS.

June 7, 2002

Born at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

June 11, 2002

Underwent the Norwood Procedure, Stage One

July 22, 2002

Dismissed for home

September 13, 2002

Rushed back to Vanderbilt with a collapsed lung and possible virus

September 23, 2002

Doctors determined Jordan's heart was working too hard. He underwent Stage 2 of the Norwood Procedure.

October 14, 2002

Jordan became an Angel.

October 15, 2002

Jordan's funeral service and burial

Annual Events

The Jordan Hackett Foundation holds an annual 5K run/walk each spring to raise money to support our mission. Money is contributed to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and the Nashville Ronald McDonald House annually. Scholarships are given to a graduating senior at Smith County High School and Gordonsville High School.

Mark Your Calander

Saturday May 6th, 2017

14th Annual Race for Jordan