Jordan defies odds to walk for great gran in Star Walk

Heart surgery patient Jordan Gascoigne, has signed up to support his great gran Ruby Gascoigne on the Star Walk and urges others to do the same.' '24 April  2013'Image � Paul David Drabble

Heart surgery patient Jordan Gascoigne, has signed up to support his great gran Ruby Gascoigne on the Star Walk and urges others to do the same.' '24 April 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble

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Two inspirational members of the same family will be walking side by side in Sunday’s Star Walk.

Jordan Gascoigne, aged 19, defied the odds when he was given just 48 hours to live in the year 2000.

Jordan suffers from a heart condition, known as a complex pulmonary atresia with three ventricular septal defects and systemic murmurs, which was diagnosed on the day he was born.

His family rushed to his side to say their final farewells in 2000 – yet, 13 years later, despite still battling the illness, he is determined to complete The Star Walk for great gran and Woman of Steel Ruby Gascoigne.

Both Jordan and Ruby will complete as much of the one-mile course by foot but have wheelchairs on standby if necessary. At the age of 90, Ruby is herself battling ill health.

Jordan said he was extremely proud of Ruby, as are all her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

“I love listening to Ruby’s stories about the war and her amazing life, and am so pleased the Women of Steel’s hard work is being recognised,” he said.

“I hope lots of people make the effort to take part in The Star Walk. I want to see the statue in place while gran is still here to see it.”

Jordan has spent long periods of his life in Leeds General Hospital’s heart unit.

There is no further surgery available to him and his lungs often collapse, resulting in more time in hospital.

His biggest regret is that he is unable to fly – but that is something else he shares with Ruby as she won’t fly either.

Sunday’s Star Walk around Hillsborough Park starts at 11am, with an Activity Sheffield warm-up from 10.30am at Hillsborough Sports Arena.

It is just a mile lap of the park so everyone no matter what age or fitness level can take part. Registration is available on the day and costs £10 for adults or £5 for children. All money raised will go to the Women of Steel Statue Appeal, for the women who kept South Yorkshire’s steelworks going in both world wars.

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