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Jordan Esposito '09

Alumni Success Story

Jordan Esposito

Alumna Overcomes Challenges to Help Others

Jordan (Jody) Esposito ’09, director and inspiration of the Forever Jordan Foundation, helps children with disabilities enjoy life and move closer to realizing their dreams. Born with severe Spina Bifida, Esposito knows what it’s like to face severe depression when the struggle becomes too overwhelming; at age 13 she had to undergo amputation of her legs.

When the Make A Wish Foundation helped her realize her dream of meeting race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. at a NASCAR race in Daytona Beach, FL, Esposito’s joy in living returned, giving her hope that she could continue to rise above challenges and move forward to help others.

One of Esposito’s dreams was to earn a college degree – no easy task since the Tappan Zee High School student was also born with learning disabilities. She described earning her college degree as “a trip that took four and a half years, and possibly thousands of hours, to complete.”

A special education student throughout elementary and high school, Esposito earned her GED and then took 20 additional credits to reach the required level to earn her degree at RCC. She graduated with a 3.576 GPA with honors. She said Professors Debra Tietze and Louise Schreier were her greatest supporters and “had my back” through the five years she was at RCC.

Esposito’s Forever Jordan Foundation has raised thousands of dollars supporting the wishes of Rockland County children, such as installing a lift, deck and ramp so a disabled child could enjoy her pool. The foundation also provides items such as canes and computers to disabled children, among many other projects.

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