Christmas Comes Early for One

by Brad Nelson11/4/17
You’ve likely seen making the rounds on the web the story of nine-year-old Jacob Thompson of Maine. He’s in stage 4 of a nerve cell cancer and isn’t expected to live out the month…certainly not as far as Christmas.

His family is therefore fashioning an early Christmas for him with all the trimmings. Jacob’s request is that people who feel inspired to reach out and send him a Christmas card. The address is:

Jacob Thompson
C/O Maine Medical Center
22 Bramhall St
Portland, ME 04102

Susan Wright has an article here about this. Timothy Meads has an article as well.

Whether you’re dead inside or all sparkly with the warm fuzzies, let’s send the kid a card and pray for a miracle. You can also donate toward his medical and other bills at GofundMe.

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9 Responses to Christmas Comes Early for One

  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Here’s the Christmas Card I’ve sent on behalf of you all. Feel free to send your own as well. It’s a quarter-folded card but has been formatted for viewing online.

    And that means also that you can post your story, best wishes, poetry, or thoughts and perhaps he or his family will get online here and read them. You never know.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Too bad you couldn’t put a penguin behind Santa. A bit inaccurate, but this is one time poetic license would be easily forgivable. But thank you for including all of us.

      I used to donate to the Childhood Leukemia Foundation precisely for things like this — providing some sort of Christmas baskets for terminally ill children. So things like this tug at my heartstrings.

      I also told Elizabeth about this, in case she’d like to include Jacob Thomson in her prayers (or maybe even mention him at church tomorrow).

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        The young Master Jacob’s love of penguins is noted. But he’ll get hundreds of penguins. I wanted to share with him something that meant something to me. And, besides, there is one in the box.

        I love slightly old-fashioned depictions of Santa Claus — St. Nicolas, the patron saint of children. He represents the careless joy of Christmas combined with the Divine hug that is so desperately needed.

        But maybe a penguin would have been better. It just seems so cold, no pun intended. It’s an odd situation where the mystery of suffering children combines with our need and desire to just live and give a happy moment for today.

        I also gave a small donation. In return, I received an update email from the family with some photos of how they celebrated Thanksgiving…which, as they noted, naturally comes before Christmas. Not sure if this link will work.

        I also made a small donation in the name of Anniel, although it didn’t actually allow me to enter her name. The “next” button finished the transaction when I thought it would take me to the screen where you could do that. Oh well. Annie would no doubt say it’s the thought that counts.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          The link worked. Too bad your card wasn’t included, but it probably hasn’t gotten there yet. Maybe they update as more cards arrive.

          • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

            I haven’t sent the card out yet. It will go in the mail Monday. And I would suggest those who want to send a card do so soon. In case a miracle doesn’t happen, it sounds like you need to get them in soon.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    I’m glad to see by the updates on their GoFundMe page that he did manage to have his Christmas celebration as well as his Thanksgiving. But the spread of tumors to his right leg is an indication that his long-term prognosis isn’t good. But this was already known.

  3. Timothy Lane says:

    Well, I checked again, and Jacob died on November 19. At least he got the chance to celebrate some sort of Christmas. The family hopes this will raise awareness about this rare form of cancer.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Thanks for the update. That’s sad news, but not unexpected, unfortunately.

      The good news is that people have so far donated $166,966 to help with medical and other expenses. Maybe a portion of the spirit of that little penguin-lover can stay behind and work some needed magic as, yet again, Christmas is turned into an orgy of materialism. Next time we feel our tempers rise because of the sheer enormity of the orgy, we might remember Jacob and what appears to be his patience and grace under horrible circumstances.

      No child should have to suffer so, but the mystery of life endures. Godspeed, little Jacob.

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