A tragedy that hit so close to home was the introduction of a young man that we all now know as Panky. I remember waking up and seeing a video of a young man, Lequenin Butler, calling his mom, Shalonda Ward, telling her about how he and his cousins were just in a bad car accident and how he thought his cousin Panky was dead. From the way of how the car caught on fire, I was surprised that anyone survived. Unfortunately Peter Oliver was the only one that didn’t make it, he passed away.
I had the privilege to speak to Calvin “Panky” Jordan and his mom Kenya Ward briefly about his accident. I just have to say that he is one of the most respectful and mannerable young men that i’ve ever met. Speaking to him you would never know that he was just previously in a coma for 12 days fighting for a life that most thought wasn’t going to be. As a result of this fatal May 6th 2015 accident, Panky suffered a traumatic brain injury called “Diffuse Axonal Injury” that has recently disappeared. What an awesome God we serve.!!!! ” I just want everyone to know that i’m ok and still healing. I have plans on going to PBCS then transferring to South University for a degree in Physical Therapy”. I asked him if he’d give me a ride in his new whip that a former teacher from his high school, John I Leanord located in Greenacres, Florida, donated to him and of course he said he’d be delighted to. Although he has no plans of playing football, he had the pleasure of speaking to former NFL player Edgerrin James and getting some encouraging words during our phone conversation. “Don’t let anything stop you from achieving your dreams. We were built to go through some things in life and thats why we’re strong. I want to keep up with you and your progress and know how you’re doing”.
With family like Kevin Jordan, his twin brother, Brandon Grant, Lequentin Butler, Terrell Moore, Woodley Fedna, all involved with the car accident, there’s nothing that this young man can’t take on. The support shown from his family as well as his surrounding communities was a blessing to have. People came together in prayer for Panky and look what God has done!!!! I can’t wait to see him walk across the stage to receive his diploma at the end of this month. Kenya Ward, his mother already walked for him in an emotional acceptance of his diploma this past May. My prayers will continue to be with Panky and may God bless him through all of his trials and tribulations. He is the real MVP!!!!