Jordan Thomas on Growing Through a Traumatic Boating Accident

Grow Through It: Accidents

Jordan Thomas, founder of the Jordan Thomas Foundation, describes losing both legs (below the knee) as a result of a boating accident when he was 16. He got through it with the love and support of the people around him. Through struggle, pain, grief and hard work, he learned the value of asking for help, the joy of being of service, and the value of authenticity. He found his life’s work as a result of the accident and started his foundation in the hospital to help young amputees get unaffordable prostheses. His advice is: it’s OK to not be OK, things change (are impermanent), and “be true to who you are and go pursue your passion and your love for this life because, gosh, it can just, in an instant, flip.”