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Golden Lion Award: Jordan Barkley

KODE/KSN is partnering with Missouri Southern State University to recognize local high school students who take time out of what's already a busy schedule to help others. Now, a look at what Riverton senior Jordan Barkley is doing to help cancer patients going through chemotherapy.

KODE/KSN is partnering with Missouri Southern State University to recognize local high school students who take time out of what's already a busy schedule to help others. Now, a look at what Riverton senior Jordan Barkley is doing to help cancer patients going through chemotherapy.

"When somebody does something nice in here - everybody talks about it." And cancer patient Judy Moore says she had heard about Jordan Barkley. "What her ministry was up here and I was impressed with what she did."

The Riverton High School senior volunteers at the Freeman Cancer Institute. Taking time out to help make sure patients have something to focus on besides their diagnosis. "I ask them if they want their nails done... I get all my colors out and they tell me what they like - light colors, dark colors - if they like sparkles and designs, just do whatever they want."

Jordan says visits the patients on weekends and when school is out. The project is inspired by her grandpa who passed away from leukemia. Adds WJordan, "Also my mom works here - she tells me about everyone. They're all amazing, they inspire me to come here."

Adding to a busy schedule, filled with science club, math club, art club, Spanish club, dual credit classes and music. But Jordan says her time at the Cancer Institute is worth the effort if she can help patients through such a difficult time. "Even though coming here to get chemo isn't necessarily a good thing, well it is but prob  not for the patient."

And according to Judy Moore, it's working. "Oh, I thing she's great, she's an uplifter, visits with you and you get to talk about what the young people are doing."

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