Three-year-old Jordan Faust’s favorite football player is his older brother, Edgerton receiver/defensive back Skyler Gullickson. But Jordan is also an inspiration for the Crimson Tide’s leading pass catcher.
Jordan was diagnosed this summer with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. He’s been through surgery to remove a tumor in his abdomen, just finished his fifth (and final!) round of chemotherapy and will soon have a bone marrow transplant.
“It pushes me because he’s fighting and what he’s fighting is much greater than what I’m doing on the field,” said Skyler Gullickson. “And I think if he can do it, I can work harder so I can be like him.”
So on the final night of the football regular season, the Edgerton football fans not only came out to cheer on the squad, they came out to lift up Jordan and show him how strong he is. They wore some costumes and super hero t-shirts made just for him.
“It’s such a great community,” said Ashley Gullickson, Jordan and Skyler’s mom. “We have our friends and we have our family who are amazing. They’ve all helped to rally around not just for Jordan but for all five of us.”
“Even the coaches on the other side were wearing [the super hero t-shirts],” said Justin Faust, Jordan’s dad. “It’s bigger than football. You don’t know any of these people in passing. They don’t know us. But they see something like this and it changes your outlook on things.”
“It’s heartwarming,” added Ashley.
And after Edgerton’s tide rolled with a win on senior night, the team did another special thing for Jordan – gave him the game ball. Skyler and Jordan, along with their brother Malik, still toss it around at home.
“I just love the community we have,” said Skyler. “It’s a really good feeling that everyone loves us and everyone loves Jordan and helping him. Because when he’s older, he’s going to see how much love he had.”
Edgerton will face River Valley in the second round of the playoffs on Friday night. According to Ashley Gullickson, there will be another “Fight Like a Super Hero” night for Jordan during Skyler’s upcoming basketball season. For information on how you can help the family, click here. To stay updated on Jordan’s progress, click here.