Maine boy battling cancer asks people to send Christmas cards to members of military

PORTLAND, Maine —A Maine boy battling terminal cancer who asked for Christmas cards as a final wish is now asking people to send cards to members of the military.

Jacob Thompson, 9, has battled neuroblastoma since February 2014. The cancer has reached stage 4.

Jacob has received tens of thousands of Christmas cards from people trying to make what will likely be his final holiday season as happy as possible.

He and his family celebrated Christmas, with Santa and Mrs. Claus, on Sunday inside the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center.

Jacob’s family posted on Facebook Tuesday afternoon that they open every single card, but still have 21 pallets of unopened cards to go through.

“Your cards, drawings, videos and gifts are so appreciated by us, especially Jacob. They put a smile on his face and make him forget what he’s going through for a moment,” the post said.

Jacob’s family is asking people to channel the kindness to send cards and care packages to members of the military.

“We can’t begin to describe how much your support has meant to our family during this difficult time. Your cards, drawings, videos and gifts are so appreciated by us, especially Jacob. They put a smile on his face and make him forget what he’s going through for a moment. Please know that we actually open every card- we still have 21 pallets left of unread cards from around the world to go through, which is amazing. We are so touched by this beautiful act of humanity.

In order to enjoy our remaining time together as a family, we would be honored if you could channel all of the love and support that you have for Jacob to another group that could use your words of encouragement: our brave servicemen and women. Jacob especially enjoys cards from soldiers and is touched by the medals they’ve given him. It would mean everything to Jacob if you could pay the kindness forward to them at this time while we focus our energy on our family. Operation Gratitude has a program you can consider http://signup.operationgratitude.com/letterwriting

Thank you for everything and as always, #LiveLikeAPenguin!” the post said.

The family is encouraging people to reach out to Operation Gratitude to send cards to servicemen and women.