GRAND JUNCTION, CO (KKCO/CNN) – Every hour a male is diagnosed with testicular cancer, and for Colorado teen Jordan Jones, that hour came in late October 2007 when he was just 13 years old.
"My mom was shocked and I just didn't know what to think at the time because I had no idea that it was this severe," Jones said.
The diagnoses came after weeks of strange aches, pains, significant weight loss, signs that the cancer had spread throughout his body.
"I had a 6-pound tumor on my neck, it spread in to my abdominal," Jones said. "It spread into my lungs, my neck and just everywhere basically."
Even then Jones says it took a while for reality to hit.
"I had all my hair started falling out in the shower and it just kind of set in that this is really happening and I will have to do everything I can to beat this," Jones said.
It's a goal that would come true come true, but not without a fight. The teen went through years of chemotherapy treatment and seven surgeries, the reason why friends and family called him a hero.
Jordan is now a spokesperson for the Testicular Cancer Awareness foundation started by his family. It's a role Jordan says never thought he would play, but with a new lease on life he's on a mission to help others stay cancer free.
"I think I am a lot stronger now from what I was, and I just learned to grasp how amazing life is and not take it for granted," Jones said.
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