9-year-old Given Month to Live Wishes for Christmas Cards to Celebrate Favorite Holiday

9-year-old Jacob Thompson wants you to send him a Christmas card!



The family of the young boy discovered recently that his Stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma cancer had spread to his hip and head. His doctors have said he has about one month to live.

On November 1, Jacob’s mom, Michelle Thompson Simard, shared her son’s story on Facebook.

Jacob has one wish—to celebrate Christmas early this year, and has asked everyone everywhere to send him holiday cards!



Said his mother, “We were speaking with the medical doctors about if we had time [with him] for the holidays and what the plan was. The idea came about—‘Why  don’t we bring the holidays to us?’ This way, we know it’s going to happen and give our family time with him for Christmas.”

Jacob’s favorite animals are penguins, so he was happy to see that his first card from a friend was exactly that—a Christmas penguin!

Jacob soon received 100 cards.



Michelle says, “Jacob loves the holiday season. And we want him to know that Christmas wishes come true and that there are good people who care all around the world.”

“It really showed him that the world is good and that there are a lot of people thinking of him,” she told ABC News. “He’s been getting some handmade cards from other children on the floor and slowly getting stuff from the public. He’s been very smiley. It’s really lit up his face to see everybody’s support.”

If you or someone you know are interested in send Jacob a Christmas card, please address it to:


Jacob Thompson

C/O Maine Medical Center

22 Bramhall Street

Portland, ME 04102


Jacob’s parents have also requested that toys and other such gifts be donated to children in need, rather than sent to the hospital. They say the response has been overwhelming and touching. The family also has a GoFundMe page in support of the 9-year-old.

Jacob’s dad, Roger Guay, said, “He smiles and does his nose scrunch it brightens his day—just by opening a card, it’s wonderful.”


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