A 9-year-old boy with a uncommon sort of most cancers might not reside to see the tip of the 12 months, however his dad and mom are hoping strangers can band collectively to badist deliver their boy some vacation cheer a bit early.
Jacob Thompson was recognized with Stage four high-risk neuroblastoma when he was simply 5 years outdated, and the uncommon most cancers has since unfold to his hip and head, in accordance with the Jacobs dad and mom, Michelle Simard and Roger Guay. Treatment has thus far been unsuccessful, and when Jacob was admitted to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland, Maine, on October 11, the household knew it could be “the last time.”
“Roger and myself have been told that we should be spending as much time as possible with him and we should start making arrangements for his pbading,” Simard wrote on their GoFundMe web page, which has raised $54,000 for Jacob’s funeral prices. “It is expected Jacob may pbad away within the month.”
They have since labored to deliver their son an early Christmas.
“Jacob loves the holiday season,” his mom instructed GoodHousekeeping.com, “and we want him to know that Christmas wishes come true and that there are good people who care all around the world.”
The household is inviting anybody who’s to ship home made playing cards to Jacob, and in accordance with Simard’s Facebook web page, many individuals have already jumped on the likelihood to deliver Jacob a smile:
WCSH News says the household has adorned Jacob’s hospital room with lights and a tree, and he’s even had a go to from Santa Claus himself. But Christmas, after all, wouldn’t be full with out some vacation tunes, so the household can be asking anybody who wish to sing a Christmas carol to Jacob to report themselves and put up it to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Facebook web page. (Any toys which can be obtained will likely be shared with different kids within the hospital.)
Neuroblastoma, the uncommon most cancers that Jacob has, sometimes kinds in nerve tissue similar to within the neck, chest, stomach or backbone. It most frequently impacts kids underneath the age of 5, however can generally even kind earlier than a baby is born, in accordance with the National Cancer Institute. The most cancers is normally found when a affected person reveals signs, like fatigue, lack of urge for food or a fever, or when a lump is present in an affected space. The 5-year survival price for youngsters recognized between the ages of 5 to 9 years outdated is 52 p.c.
You can go to the household’s GoFundMe web page right here to badist the household pay for Jacob’s funeral, and in the event you’re curious about sending him a home made card, you possibly can tackle it to:
C/O Maine Medical Center
22 Bramhall St.
Portland, ME 04102