DES MOINES, Iowa — Laughter is the best medicine and Waukee teenager is realizing that in the midst of pain but she’s hoping that it catches the eye of a popular talk show host.
Jordan Allen’s social media feed is filled with goofy and light-hearted photos despite recently being diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
“I like to make people laugh,” smiles Allen.
Her posts have already grabbed the attention of thousands of people on social media by using #AllenStrong and #Allen4Ellen. Allen’s goal is to appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” as an example to encourage others to stay positive when going through tough times.
“I might not be able to dance right now but I can dance and Ellen and I would have a great time dancing together,” laughs Allen.
The 18-year-old recently finished her first of five rounds of chemotherapy. Allen had completed her first month of college at the University of Northern Iowa when she was diagnosed with stage four Burkitt’s Lymphoma.
“The thing that I don’t understand is how I got it,” she said. “I wouldn’t have guessed that it was cancer but I woke up one day from bed and I was just like’ oh that’s weird lump just sitting there.'”
Doctors believe the cancer began sometime this spring but it went undetected despite noticeable symptoms like weight loss and stomach swelling. The cancer has spread to her spine, kidney and liver.
“You go through life and it’s so fast. It takes cancer to slow it down,” said Allen’s father, Greg.
But for the former Waukee track athlete, there is no slowing down when it comes to reaching out to others. Waukee girl’s head track and field coach, Jesse Hunt, remembers Allen’s encouraging attitude on the track and continues to see it from her hospital bed.
“I think it’s that energy she has and that passion that she has,” he said. “If there is ever a person that will beat cancer, it’s her.”
Allen will spend several more weeks in the hospital receiving chemotherapy treatments. A fundraiser will be held at on Nov. 10 at Skate North to help the family pay for medical expenses. The event starts at 6 p.m.