Powerful People – Desean Jordan

Read Desean’s story of how he found strength through hard times.

Angioplasty, aneurism, aortic coarctation, stent placement. Terms like these have shaped Desean Jordan’s life.

Born with a heart defect, complications followed Desean into adolescence and young adulthood. Now a college sophomore at North Carolina A&T University, Desean strives to turn his burden into blessings.

Desean was raised in a single-parent household in The Bronx, where his mom instilled in him the importance of education. He focuses on excelling in the classroom, being an active member of multiple accounting societies and building a successful career in finance.

Although Desean remembers the hard times when his family couldn’t afford groceries because his mother’s salary didn’t cover the cost of food, heart medication and hospital bills, he also recalls the community rallying around his family with emotional and financial support.

Desean has found strength in living a purposeful life. “A wise man once told me that any ordinary person can fall down, but it takes an extraordinary person to get back up,” he said. “I will not let my heart condition hinder my spirits. It’s more of a blessing than a burden.”

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