The Wednesday before Christmas, Joanne and Nelson ended up at Arnold Palmer Hospital with Jorden because he was having severe stomach cramps.  At first it appeared that Jorden had a blocked colon, but he has unfortunately been diagnosed with desmoplastic small-round-cell tumor, or DSRCT.  DSRCT is a very rare cancer and the road ahead for the Apontes is going to be a long and difficult one.  

With that said, everyone who knows Jorden knows that he’s one TOUGH and DETERMINED young man!  What the Apontes have gone through so far seems impossible, yet they’ve done it.

This blog is one way for Joanne, Nelson, and Derrick to stay connected with the many people who are thinking of and praying for Jorden, and for them as well.

67 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. vienna
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 06:02:36

    Wishing for all the best to come forward in helping jorden get better! CT is cheering you on in this fight and we are here every step of the way!!! Lots n lots of hugs!!!


  2. Amy
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 12:43:59

    Your strength and love as a family will see you through daily. The love and support from friends will add comfort. God will be your light and rock.
    We are always here for you. Lots of love!!!


  3. Moulton Family
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 13:13:39

    We are praying for Jorden!!


  4. Andresa Borden
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 21:58:54

    Praying for you guys!:)


  5. The Beavers Family
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 22:42:45

    You are in our thoughts and prayers!


  6. Kathy s
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 23:01:08

    Joann, Nelson, and Derrick. I just want to let u know we’re praying for all you. May God’s healing hand be upon Jorden. May He bless u with peace.


  7. Tom Petrore
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 00:06:11

    Mt Prayers are with you.


  8. Tom Petrore
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 00:06:48

    My Prayers are with you.


  9. Cristin Fink
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 00:17:06

    The Fink Family is thinking of you and praying for you all!


  10. Vicki Rito
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 01:34:04

    I was Jorden’s first grade teacher and he is one kid I’ll never forget!! I instantly became close with he and his family!! My constant prayers and best wishes for all of them and I’m here for whatever they need!! Ms. Rito loves you Jorden and I know you will pull through this!!!


    • Sharae Green
      Feb 10, 2012 @ 02:21:22

      I was with you in the first grade with you in Ms.Rito I REALLY DIDN’T KNOW U THAT WELL BUT NOW I DO


  11. BJ
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 02:04:27

    You are in my prayers, will ask my church to put you on our prayer list.


  12. Diame
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 03:13:49

    Nelson, Joanne and Jorden! I miss you and god bless you all as you continue on day to day. I will continue to ask God to provide each of you with patience, understanding, peace and love to carry through each day. May Jorden get through this with determination and strength.


  13. Debbie (Coach Chris' sister)
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 07:26:09

    Jorden I know you can beat this & be back out on the baseball field next season. I will be looking forward to watching you & Cooper & the other boys playing!!!!!!!!!!!!! Joanne & Nelson, I am keeping you all in my prayers & thoughts. I’ve contacted my friends & they are all doing the same thing including my friend from England, so you have people from all over praying for you. May God give you comfort during this time. If there’s anything I can do to help please don’t hesitate to call. Just know you have lots of people pulling for all of you.


  14. Suzi Vachon
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 15:24:22

    Sending prayers your way. If you need anything don’t hesitate to ask. Xo

    Suzi Vachon & Cindy Kaplus


  15. Jordan Family
    Jan 06, 2012 @ 19:40:26

    Aponte family – you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Chris, Cynthia, Kenny and Charlie Jordan


  16. The Clennan Family
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 13:57:14

    You are in our prayers, may your faith be a source of strength for you throughout your treatment.


  17. Shea
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 21:03:56

    We are family! Dear Aponte family thanks for sharing this blog with family and friends. You are are truly in our prayers during this time. God is able to do anything and Im praying that he heals Jordan. Mom and Dad keep the faith and encorage one another during this time.Love Always Shea.


  18. Evan, Amy, Joel (JJ) and Anne Joffe
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 03:59:34

    We have been praying for you since we heard you were in the hospital. We’ve also asked many others to pray as well, and now there are three churches here in Orlando, one church in New York and many others asking that God heal you so you can go back to doing all the things you love to do. There is a Scripture we know will help, “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up.” James 5:15 We also are praying for your mom and your dad. Evan, Amy, Joel (JJ) and Anne Joffe


  19. Torres Family
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 18:29:18

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Keep fighting!
    Love, Jose, Maria & Andre Torres


  20. kariana jovet
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 02:02:07

    When i got the news today at school i couldnt believe it. me and my family are praying for a fast healing and strength for you jorden and your family to get you guys threw this hard time and so you jorden can be back at home and be back out on the field. stay strong you got this buddy!


  21. Laurie Scussel
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 09:32:26

    Wishing Jorden a speedy recovery and sending you daily prayers and positive thoughts.


  22. Nancy Rabach
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 15:45:33

    We are waiting and praying for Jorden to be BASEBALL READY and we know he will! With the love, care, determination and faith that you and your family have there is no way you won’t. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jorden, Joanne, Nelson and Derrick.


  23. LlinnyG1@aol.com
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 20:38:07

    Dear Joanne and Nelson and Jorden:

    I just wanted you to know that me and Meghan are praying daily for you guys. Stay strong, pray hard. Love your cousin,

    Linda (Aunt Marys daughter)


  24. kariana jovet
    Jan 11, 2012 @ 22:47:14

    Jorden, you another day closer to being baseball ready buddy! Praying for you everyday. I have both of my grandparents churchs praying for you and your family and my sisters church as well.
    Stay strong, you got this!


  25. Gary Boyer
    Jan 12, 2012 @ 17:17:49


    Hang in there. You can beat this! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Gary Boyer (Friend of Joanne and Nelson)


  26. Pam & Stan Kaczorowski
    Jan 15, 2012 @ 14:21:37

    Though we don’t personally know Jorden, recognizing the strength of your family’s unit, faith, love and support (not to mention the plethora of outpouring friends that are chosen family :), YOU GOT THIS GAME IN THE SACK Jorden!

    On this field of life, you’re all about HOME RUNS — kick this out of the ball park!
    You were the chosen one to fight this head on because YOU CAN, unlike any other.


  27. Wanda Anderson
    Jan 15, 2012 @ 14:34:11

    My prayers are with the family every day through this difficult time! Jorden you have a smile that lights up all around you, stay strong!!
    Wanda Anderson


  28. Cathy Long
    Jan 16, 2012 @ 19:17:34

    Jorden you are so blessed to have alot of people who love you and are praying for you and your family right now. We know how strong you are because you prove it to us everyday! WE are so proud of you. I believe in the power of prayer it is proven everyday! We love you and look forward getting back to the ball park and watching your games very soon…
    Cathy and Brad


  29. Stuart Bourne
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 13:25:11

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay srong and positive!!
    Stuart Bourne (friend of Joanne and Nelson)


  30. Lauren Tatro Castaneda
    Jan 19, 2012 @ 18:59:01

    Nelson and Joanne- My thoughts and prayers are with you as you make your way through this tough time. Your little guy has grown so much since I last saw him at the TEC and is such a handsome young man. Stay strong and, for what it’s worth, know that you have another supporter and good vibes being sent your way from cold New Hampshire. I’ll continue keep up to date and look forwardto the final post where you tell us all about Jorden’s first time back on the diamond. Much love…Lauren.


  31. Alexandra Estrada
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 01:27:31

    The Estrada Family

    May God Bless you! We hope you get better soon, and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.


  32. Melissa Ponce
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 02:04:18

    Jorden, Nelson and Joanne,

    You are in my prayers. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do to help you through this tough time. xxxooo


    Lots of Love


  33. suz
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 18:49:09

    Hello frm texas. Home of the awesome texas rangers. I am praying for you everyday . Get well soon, baseball is just around the corner
    Love from Jesus and me
    Go Rays!!!


  34. C-Rey's big sister... Sharon
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 01:49:41

    i hope you get better i hear ur one tough dude


  35. Dennis Hollingdrake
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 20:50:39

    Jorden, Joanne and Nelson,

    Your extended California family here thinking of you all. Your constantly in our thoughts and we know you will all come through this. You have our love and support for “ANYTHING” that is needed that we can do, and even what we think we cant do! Will stay in touch on things through here but reach out whenever you need it or if you need us.


    Dennis, Elyse, Alexis and Chase


  36. Nancy Rabach
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 15:08:14

    What a fighter you are, Jorden! And thanks for keeping us in the loop as we are all thinking and praying for you. Hope you have a happy 10th birthday and get some great news while in Texas from the doctors there. Let them know what a fighter you are. Love to Jorden, Nelson, Joanne and my b/f Derrick 🙂


  37. Ralph Reveron
    Jan 26, 2012 @ 16:29:06

    Jorden, first let me wish you a Happy Birthday…I am proud to hear how strong and a fighter you are. That is encouragement that you deliver to others. You have my support in anything you need. God bless and i’m praying for you and your family. Enjoy your 10th 🙂

    Ralph Reveron Grande Vista


  38. The Bonn Family
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 18:06:44

    We are praying for you and your family, Jorden! Stay strong, focused and keep fighting! Lots of love from TN!


  39. Corinne Kopf
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 14:53:53

    Although I don’t really know you Jorden, I feel connected to your family through my son-in-law David, Lauren and Jennifer. Having heard about you, my heart aches for you and your family. I hope and wish for your speedy recovery.


  40. Inga
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 22:18:37

    Yeah Jorden, You may not realize how big your family actually is…but it extends quite a ways (like my mom Corinne 🙂 and we are all thinking of you all the time. David says that he is going to come and visit you soon and Corinna and Rosa want to give you big hugs! Much love, Inga


  41. Hannah Thornton
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 03:44:41

    Thinking of you all and sending wishes and prayers for health and happiness.


  42. Dan Shube
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 19:51:07

    Hi Jorden,
    I heard of you from a friend who I work with, (Logan Baker’s dad). About six years ago I was diagnosed with Cancer. I am pleased to say I am cured. But more importantly, it has made me a better and stronger person than I was before! I appreciate every day and live each one like it was my last. But more importantly, I try to help others that still have to fight the battle.
    I just returned from my nephew’s Bar Mitzvah. He was diagnosed with a bad and rare form of Lymphoma about 5.5 years ago. The chemo was very difficult. He is doing great now and also dedicates his life (at the ripe age of 13) to helping others go through the ordeal he has.
    I know you too will win this fight. You will grow as a person by leaps and bounds. You will go on to do great things for yourself, but more importantly, for others. Facing the difficult times in life head-on is what separates you from the rest. I will be rooting for you along the way!


  43. Laroscain Family
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 17:46:32



    Feb 08, 2012 @ 17:51:02

    Sending our prayers and love to you and your family.”TRUST IN HIM.”


  45. Bryce Badger
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 01:22:39

    Happy Birthday jordan!!!
    If you ever need someone to talk to or just someone to chat with email me!:))


  46. Anne(Joel's Sister)
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 00:02:18

    Jorden,I hope you get better soon!!!!!!!!


  47. Sharae
    Feb 10, 2012 @ 02:16:00

    Hey Jorden I have not seen you in a while!I remember the last game we played together it was tag!It was me , you , Keyshawn,and Sean.We dnt play it anymore because it doesn’t feel right without U!The class all prayed for U!And it worked!YESSSSSSSS!Oh Juhi was in the spelling bee and she went up to the sixth round!Can you belive that!!But we have to take the FL Writes in a few weeks!I am not ready!I hope U feel better not hope i know U will better!We miss U!We LOVE U!Do U remember my word will if u dnt remember it is OHHH JUNK AND WAT IN THE WORLD!!!!!BYE SEE U SOON AND YOU R A REAL BROTHER TO MEEEE!!!!!!!!!!


  48. Sam
    Feb 16, 2012 @ 00:25:32

    your amaze. shall put you in my preyors


  49. Yamila:)
    Feb 17, 2012 @ 00:05:49

    Hope you get better soon


  50. yamila
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 03:56:40

    jorden i just found out that YOUR grandma goes to my church i know because my mom and your grandma went to new york together. wow small world.


  51. Kayla
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 20:52:12

    Hi this is kayla bowling from mrs.Goodmans 2nd period class. I really hope jorden gets better and my teacher comes back soon. I have been praying for jorden every night. I really hope you get better soon.


  52. Raymond Grote
    May 02, 2012 @ 15:25:10

    It was a pleasure meeting you down at Spring Training. I have been thinking about you guys ever since, and I was so happy when I got your card in the mail today! I know you all will stay strong and hope Jordan is able to get through this and back out on the ball field. you’re truly an inspiration, and I am praying for you all the time!


  53. keyshawn
    May 04, 2012 @ 01:24:40

    jorden get well soon !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love you


  54. Amanda
    Jun 23, 2012 @ 01:26:23

    My thoughts and paryers are with you Jorden! Get well soon!!!!


  55. Jayme Bryan
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 02:45:52

    Praying for all of you and continued strength as you persevere on the journey. Trust in the Lord with all you heart and know without doubt He is always with you. Love to all of you.


  56. joel joffe
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 23:24:06

    hi jorden hope you feel better 🙂


  57. Bart Barter---Make-a-Wish
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 03:34:13

    Hey Jorden- it’s Bart from the Make-a-Wish foundation. Wanted to let you know it was a pleasure presenting your Hawaii trip tonight to you, your family, teammates, coaches and parents. You have a terrific community. Have an awesome vacation and take some cool pics and vids for me– can’t wait to see them!
    Have an awesome trip!
    Bart. :0)


  58. Debbie
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 17:20:08

    Jordan, We wish you every success. You and your family will be in our prayers. We hope for continued strength.


  59. Max Fishman
    Mar 17, 2013 @ 20:26:36

    hi jordan i am max fishman.I am on the aaa giants and i have to write a speech on someone that over came something and i was wondering if it is ok with you if i do it on you?


    • Jorden
      Apr 05, 2013 @ 01:46:28

      Hi Max
      I just saw your post. Yes. You can. And I hope you did.


    • Jorden
      Apr 05, 2013 @ 01:47:18

      Thanks for thinking of me.


      • Max Fishman
        Apr 09, 2013 @ 19:42:13

        Hi Jordan i was wondering when do u have batting practice. The reason is that i was wondering if could talk to u about everything that happened


  60. Max Fishman
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 19:50:18

    i did. will u be at batting practice on thursday. can i interview u?


  61. Max Fishman
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 18:27:12

    Hi jordan I will not be there tomorrow so can you give me a number I can talk to you at. thanks


  62. Aushna Shepherd
    Jan 02, 2014 @ 15:37:36

    Wanted to let you know that we are praying for Jorden and family. My heart goes out to Jorden and I pray for continuous clear scans!!
    My son Alex will turn 12 on February 23, less than a month after Jorden. He was diagnosed with grade 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma (brain cancer) on May 9, 2013. His last brain MRI was clear and we were overjoyed! He just started one class a day in middle school last month & loves it.
    I pray for a cure for all cancers, for our boys to live out their lives happy and cancer-free ❤️
    God bless you all 🙂


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