9-year-old with terminal cancer asks for Christmas cards so he can celebrate early

Celebrities from Anna Kendrick to Arnold Schwarzenegger are rallying to give this Maine boy his holiday wish.

Jacob Thompson. Michelle Thompson Simard via Facebook

Michelle Thompson Simard says her son Jacob was admitted last month to Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland, Maine, “for the last time.”

Doctors said the 9-year-old’s Stage 4 neuroblastoma spread throughout his head, and his hip is “peppered by tumors,” according to a GoFundMe page created by Simard.

She added: “It is expected Jacob may pass away within the month.”

So Simard hopes to celebrate what she expects will be Jacob’s last Christmas a bit early. Jacob is asking for cards to be sent to his hospital room, which will be transformed into a “winter wonderland,” she told GoodHousekeeping.com.


“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,” Simard told the publication.

It wasn’t long before the first Christmas cards arrived.


Jacob even received a shoutout from the cast of the TV medical drama Code Black, as well as numerous celebrities.

In addition to the cards, Jacob’s family is working to crowdfund money for his funeral assistance, according to the online fundraiser. Simard said that she and Jacob’s father, Roger Guay, were “sticker shocked” upon making prearrangements.

“No one thinks about having to do this type of planning for their child and because of that we […] do not have life insurance on him,” she wrote. “We are asking for some assistance from family and friends to help support this.”

As of Saturday morning, the campaign had raised more than $80,000 of its $100,000 goal.

In an update Thursday, Simard wrote the response had been “great.”

Those wishing to send Jacob cards can mail them to:

Maine Medical
22 Bramhall St.
Room 653
Portland, Maine 04102