Raise your bar

Glenn Jordan

Glenn Jordan went into his shop early the morning of August 26, 2021 at the All-American Eyeglass Repair to work on some orders. He was on the phone at 9:23 a.m. when the building was rocked by a natural gas explosion.

Glenn survived thanks to fast work from first responders, but it would take the next 40 days at the Arizona Burn Center with second- and third-degree burns on 40 percent of his body, followed by 10 days of rehab.

It’s been a long and painful recovery, but Glenn and his family were helped by the Arizona Burn Foundation, a nonprofit that provides burn survivors with crisis care – lodging and transportation assistance, emotional support, food vouchers and emergency financial assistance – recovery care, and learning to thrive through providing social gatherings, camps, retreats and peer-to-peer support groups.

As Glenn’s condition improved, he immediately wanted to help others. He started by volunteering at Camp Courage, a camp for children who are burn survivors.

Always a physical guy, Glenn – who had done a Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim hike of the Grand Canyon a few years before the explosion – worked back up to doing 1,000 pull-ups a month in physical therapy and at the gym. Then he had an idea for a fundraiser for the Arizona Burn Foundation that had helped him so much – completing 2,000 pull-ups in a seemingly impossible 12 hours. The result? He went over his goal, raising $40,000 for the Foundation

Click here learn more about the Arizona Burn Foundation: https://azburn.org/

Original air date: January 18, 2024.

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