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Thousands worldwide answering call for Christmas cards for terminally ill boy

Jacob Thompson wants you to help him celebrate Christmas early.
Jacob Thompson wants you to help him celebrate Christmas early. Screenshot from Michelle Thompson Simard

Thousands of people worldwide are helping to make a terminally ill 9-year-old boy’s Christmas wish come true.

Jacob Thompson of Maine has received at least 42,700 holiday cards from across the globe, according to Caroline Cornish, communications manager at the Maine Medical Center.

Jacob was diagnosed with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma in February 2014 at 5 years old. On Oct. 11, Jacob was checked into hospice care at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland, Maine.

His life expectancy at this point “is very limited,” his family said, and “it is expected Jacob may pass away within the month.”

So his family put out a plea on Facebook on Oct. 30:

“... we’re doing a ‘fast forward’ to the holidays. Jacob would love to get some early Christmas cards We’re celebrating next weekend and hope Jacob will have many to decorate his hospital room walls.”

“Jacob loves Christmas,” Roger Guay, Jacob’s father, told WCSH.

His stepmother, Tara Artinyan, says he also absolutely loves penguins: “Jacob never goes anywhere without his entourage of Penguin, Baby Penguin and his orange blanket.”

And Jacob’s fans and supporters haven’t let him down, sending tons of penguin-themed cards and items his way, as shown on his mother Michelle Thompson Simard’s Facebook page:

Jacob also received a video from Rob Lowe and the stars and crew of “Code Black.”

On Sunday, Simard posted an update to the GoFundMe account:

“We want to send out a huge thank you for all the love and support. We will be paying this forward and giving back to the children’s cancer community. ... We were lucky enough today to celebrate a family Thanksgiving.”

How to help

  • Want to send Jacob a card? Mail it to Jacob Thompson, c/o Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, ME 04102.
  • His family also has a GoFundMe account to help with funeral costs: