(CNN)- Nine-year-old Jacob Thompson is your common child. His obsessions embrace Minecraft and Legos, and he is an enormous “Star Wars” fan. He’s additionally a photographer, singer and comic, in accordance with his stepmother, Tara Artinyan. And most of all, he actually, actually loves penguins.
But Jacob has Stage four high-risk neuroblastoma, and docs informed his household in early October he most likely solely had a month to stay.
So they’re going to rejoice Christmas early this yr, and Jacob needs folks to rejoice with him by sending him playing cards, his mom, Michelle Simard informed CNN. “He got some cards from this Halloween, and he opened up and saw them and it was like getting a gift. He read it to us and had a big smile his face and his nose scrunched,” Jacob’s father, Roger Guay, informed CNN in a telephone interview. “He was excited to see what people had to say and it just brightened his day.”
Jacob was identified with high-risk neuroblastoma when he was 5. According to the American Cancer Society, solely half of youngsters identified with the illness attain the five-year survival mark.
After Jacob was admitted to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital on October 11, docs found that the neuroblastoma had unfold to his head and was incurable, in accordance with a GoFundMe web page arrange by his mom.
“People have called him an old soul and I believe it because he has taught us so much about life and about people,” mentioned Guay. “He’s accomplished everything that he needed to do by 9 years old, and a lot of people don’t accomplish that, ever.”
Artinyan mentioned the household determined to “fast-forward” Christmas to provide Jacob one final celebration. And for him, which means loads of snow, a decked-out tree, and naturally, a real-life Santa Claus.
But earlier than his improvised Christmas celebration takes place in early November, Jacob requested for playing cards from anybody all over the world who wished to share his Christmas spirit.
And solely 5 days after he introduced his want, he has already obtained greater than 100 playing cards from folks everywhere in the nation — and even past. “We got over a hundred, and they’re from all over the world. We have some from the Netherlands, from Australia, from Denmark,” mentioned Artinyan. “We’ve heard from all over the world at this point. We’ve even heard from Antarctica.”
Antarctica — the place Jacob’s favourite animals stay.
“We’d like people to live life like a penguin, and by that we mean dive into life, find warmth among friends, stay cool and just give to others,” mentioned Artinyan, referring to Jacob’s favourite penguin poem, “Advice from a Penguin.” The hospital additionally encourages folks to publish movies of themselves or their households singing Christmas carols on its Facebook web page.
Cards may be despatched to Jacob right here:
c/o Maine Medical Center
22 Bramhall Street
Portland, ME 04102