Dying Boy Had One Wish: Christmas Cards - He Got A Ton Of Them

There's nothing more heartbreaking for a family than to be losing a child to an illness. One family is facing this loss, and they're trying to help their child's last moments be special. They're amazed and touched at how people around the world have answered the call to help the child fulfill his last wish.

Jacob Thomas is celebrating Christmas early this year. The 9-year-old loves Christmas, and he may not last until the next one, so his family is moving their celebration up a couple of months.

Jacob has been battling high-risk neuroblastoma, a type of brain cancer, since he was five years old. He's at stage four and the end is coming, quickly. Earlier in October he went in for tests which showed the cancer had spread through his entire head. His parents were told to start preparing for his passing. They’ve been spending as much time with him as they can, and are making arrangements for his funeral.

Jacob’s last wish was to get to celebrate one last holiday season with his family. The family already shared an early Thanksgiving dinner. They are now working on transforming Jacob's room into a regular winter wonderland. They're putting up a Christmas Tree and scheduling a visit from Santa. There was one more wish on Jacob's list: cards.

Michelle Thompson Simard, Jacob's mother, reached out to the local media for help. “Jacob loves the holiday season,” Simard told WLKY. “And we want him to know that Christmas wishes come true and that there are good people who care all around the world.”

The mother asked if people would send her son cards to the medical center where he is getting treatment, and the next day a delivery came. Jacob received 14,000 cards. That was just the first shipment.

Many people heard that Jacob's favorite animal is a penguin, so they sent penguin-themed cards for him. He also got a lot of gifts, such as socks and stuffed animals. The family is overwhelmed and feels blessed.

“We want to send out a huge thank you for all the love and support,” Simard wrote on the family Facebook page. “We will be paying this forward and giving back to the children’s cancer community. Please continue to keep checking in for detail.”

The mom shared pictures of the family's Thanksgiving feast, and photos of Jacob opening his gifts, cards and notes.

“We were lucky enough today to celebrate a family Thanksgiving, naturally because it comes before Christmas,” she wrote. “We also have continued to open Christmas cards and gifts. Thank you everyone for your well wishes, generosity and continued support.”

The family has a GoFundMe page in which they’re also trying to raise funds to help pay for Jacob’s treatments. So far, people have donated nearly all of the $150,000 they were trying to raise.

Source: Fox News
Photo: Facebook, GoFundMe

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