Jordan Lea’s story is one of drive, inspiration and perseverance. He became a below-the- knee amputee in January 2013, as the result of an ongoing bone infection in his foot, precipitated by a history of cancer. In 1994, at the age of twenty-five, he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The cancer took four years to cure and changed his life and his outlook. Following his remission from cancer, he competed as an ultra athlete in over ten marathons, five ultra-marathons, four Ironman triathlons and an Ultraman triathlon. He was driven by his eagerness to live and his yearning to leave the past behind.
In 2004, a bone infection appeared in his left foot, and he fought this infection for nine years with various rounds of IV antibiotics, hospitalizations, surgeries and treatments. January of 2012, his doctors attempted a trans-metatarsal (front of the foot) amputation to remove the infection. In spite of this, the infection recurred nine months later, leaving his body in septic shock. A trans-tibia amputation (just below the knee) was considered the best and only option to eradicate the infection and facilitate his return to an active life.
Throughout his ten-year battle with this infection, he still continued to train, strive for success and maintain a positive attitude even when illness, medications and surgeries made it difficult to work and perform daily tasks without support. Since his amputation, he has had the opportunity to support fellow amputees through public speaking engagements and one-on-one mentorships. As an individual, he is committed to lifelong learning and development, while always striving to reach the highest level of personal, professional and community success.
In 2014, eighteen months post-amputation, he competed in his first competition in eight years. He participated in several events that year, placing in nearly all of them
Due to his doctor’s order and the fear of the infection returning, his 2016 race schedule was limited. However, he is now healthy and training with an amazing group of coaches, athletes and doctors. He continues to train and work a full-time job as operations manager in Vancouver, British Columbia. His end goals are to qualify at the world standard, race internationally in 2017, as well as to inspire others who may not has the support, strength or belief to follow their dreams. He believes that sometimes success comes in the face of challenge, hardship and uncertainty.