Thompson was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a rare and cancerous tumor. For Thompson, the neuroblastoma has spread to his head, affecting vitals membranes.
Thompson’s mother, Michelle Thompson Simard, wrote on the child’s GoFundMe page that he was being moved to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital for the last time. He was admitted after beginning a round of chemotherapy and radiation that showed no signs of improving his condition. Doctors at the hospital located in Maine told the parents they should be spending as much time as possible with their son. It is expected that the nine-year-old will pass away before the end of the month.
“Jacob loves Christmas,” his father, Roger Guay, told a local news station. “Anyway to brighten his day would be a great benefit to him.”
Cards have already begun to pour in and Jacob’s mother is keeping a log of all the cards he gets. She posted a photo of the nine-year-old with his first card on Wednesday. The card had a penguin on it, which just happens to be Jacob’s favorite animal.
“Jacob loves the holiday season,” said Thompson Simard, “and we want him to know that Christmas wishes come true and that there are good people who care all around the world.”
How You Can Help
If you’d like to help make Jacob’s last Christmas wish come true, the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital has asked that you refrain from delivering the cards in person to reduce the number of germs Jacob is exposed to. Cards can be sent via mail to Jacob, care of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, Maine, 04102.
You can also send toys that will be donated to a gift pool at the children’s hospital this Christmas, per the request of Jacob’s parents. They also added that if you and your family would like to upload videos of you singing Christmas carols, it will be shared with the children being cared for at BBCH.
Although he may not have long, Jacob is still here now and has received an overwhelming amount of support. If you want to help, don’t wait! Share this information with others and then send your card!