WASHINGTON (ABC7) — The last few years of DJ Jordan's life have been a challenge and a blessing.
He's survived three organ transplants, runs his own catering business and is writing a book. But he says a crime that took place in about 10 seconds on Sunday could have changed everything.
Jordan says while unloading catering gear from this cargo truck into his business, At Home Catering along the 2900 block of Georgia Avenue in northwest Washington, someone swiped his black backpack. It contained his life-saving medication.
"If that medication is not taken my whole system just goes berserk," says Jordan.
Fortunately, Jordan, who served for 21 years in the Air Force, was able to get his medication refilled Tuesday at Walter Reed.
"This is what I have to take every day to stay alive," says Jordan.
But something other than medicine was in that backpack.
Jordan says, "How could someone just turn someone's world just up-side-down?"
Jordan has been writing a book about the challenges he's confronted during his transplants. He says dozens of original pages of notes, passages, and newly discovered information about his organ donors were also in that backpack. Very little of it was backed up.
"The stuff inside that bag it's more important to me than it is to them. It's a part of my personal life," said a tearful Jordan.
A frantic search of the neighborhood came up empty. But Jordan sees his missing back pack as yet another hurdle to clear in a life he is blessed to still have.
Jordan says, "There's so much evil in this world, but God is good and God is going to make this right."
Jordan says he just wants his paperwork back. Nothing else. No questions asked. He's even offering a reward.