Kristy, Madilyn and Chris Jordan receive Shannon Williams' gifts on Monday. (Dec. 17, 2012/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -
While many families prepare for guests and holiday meals, one Anderson family is reflecting on their Christmas miracles this year, including a gift from another local family.
Three-year-old Madilyn Jordan has fought all odds to survive after she was diagnosed with liver cancer at age 1, spending much of her life in hospitals.
"They pretty much in Greenville said that she had all the chemo she could have and that was pretty much it," Christ Jordan, Madilyn's father said. "They said she would live about two months. But we didn't give up on her."
"You never expect to hear those words - cancer," Madilyn's mom Kristy Jordan told FOX Carolina. "And when they told us that, they said that she had a 50-50 chance."
Recently, Madilyn's parents' prayers were answered when she traveled to Cincinnati for a liver transplant.
They knew it would be a thankful but simple Christmas after most of their time, energy and resources had gone to Madilyn's recovery. Madilyn's story was passed along to Shannon Williams, who chose to adopt the Jordan family through the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.
"I don't know what God has planned for her, but he has an amazing little girl here on earth," Kristy Jordan said. "And he's got big plans for her. And I'm going to do everything I can in my power to make sure she does what God intends for her to do."
The Jordan family said they were so thankful to Shannon Williams and everyone who has supported and prayed for them. They said Madilyn's progress and recovery looks better than they could have imagined.
"This is really the gift that keeps on giving," Chris Jordan said. "And we feel like we've been given a new life with her."
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