This article caught my eye because my grandson Tyler is also nine years old and has been battling cancer for the past two years. His Chemotherapy protocol is scheduled to end next month and if there are no signs of activity he may be able to stop. This young boy isn’t as lucky. Imagine knowing you won’t see Christmas this year. The heartbreak for his family must be unbearable.
HERE’S THE DEAL:
Cancer patient, 9, asks for holiday cards for his last Christmas
Christmas is coming just a little bit early this year for Jacob Thompson.
The 9-year-old has a passion for penguins, Legos and “Star Wars,” but he especially loves the holiday season, his stepmother, Tara Artinyan told WXYZ.
Jacob was diagnosed with Stage 4 high-risk nueroblastoma when he was 5 years old. He was admitted to Portland’s Barabara Bush Children’s Hospital for the “last time” on Oct. 11, when doctors told the family he likely wouldn’t make it to Christmas.
According to the American Cancer Society, only half of the children diagnosed with the disease survive past 5 years of age.
“Jacob loves the holiday season,” his mother, Michelle Thompson Simard told Good Housekeeping. “And we want him to know that Christmas wishes come true and that there are good people who care all around the world.”
The 9-year-old’s wish? That everyone send him Christmas cards so that he can celebrate his favorite holiday early.
OK, FOLKS…. WE ALL HAVE CHRISTMAS CARDS AROUND AND WE HAVE A STAMP. I PROMISE YOU’LL FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOURSELF IF YOU TOOK 2 MINUTES TO SEND THIS YOUNG MAN A CARD. I’M SURE ONCE THE WORD GETS AROUND HE’LL GET A LOT, BUT I’M ASKING YOU AS A FAVOR TO REPRESENT OUR LITTLE GARDEN TO SHOW JACOB HE IS LOVED.
If you’re interested in sending in cards, address them to:
C/O Maine Medical Center
22 Bramhall St.
Portland, ME 04102