Jordan Stiers’ grandma clearly has a loving granddaughter. Stiers, a University of Kansas sophomore, won $10,000 in a half-court shot game and immediately said she is giving the money to her grandmother.
Her reasoning? She said she wanted to pay it forward to the lady who rescued her from foster care when she was 10-years-old.
“I was just thinking about my Nana and what I was going to do to help her,” Stiers said. “I’ve always thought about that one question: ‘If you win so much money, what are you going to do with it?’ And she’s helped me a lot in my life, so pay it forward.”
Stiers’ “Nana” is Roxanne Edwards, her paternal grandmother who has been taking care of her since she was 10. Edwards has also volunteered to raise four of Stiers’ siblings in her Independence, Missouri, home.
“She kind of saved us from being split up into five different foster homes,” Stiers said. “She took us in and taught us everything. One day she didn’t have any kids, and the next day she had five.”
Jordan said living with her grandmother wasn’t easy at first. Her Nana was “very old school” and raised the siblings with a very “a very black-and-white, no-gray-area kind of strictness,” Stiers recalled.
The grandmother taught the children everything ranging from firm handshakes, impeccable manners and treating others with respect. She did this all while “dealing with the craziness of my parents,” Stiers said, who dropped in and out of the children’s lives.
The grandmother also emphasized the importance of education. Over the years, it paid off when Stiers and her younger sister finally became students at the University of Kansas.
“She’s my mom. She’s my dad. She’s my grandma– she’s everything,” Stiers said. “She has done so much for me, taught me so much.
“There’s nothing I can do to repay her, but this will say thank you a little bit.”
A beautiful individual remembering the person who’ve done so much for her. The story about Edwards taking in her grandchildren was just touching. She went out of her way and did so much more just to keep the Stiers siblings together– an incredibly emotional story.
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