9-year-old boy with cancer who loves penguins wants people to help celebrate his ‘last Christmas’ early — here’s how

"Live like a penguin...be cool!"
November 7, 2017 3:24 pm Last Updated: November 7, 2017 4:53 pm

Since Jacob was 5 years old, he has been battling cancer—but he still enjoys all his regular kid activities. According to CNN, he enjoys Legos, Minecraft, singing, and penguins.

His mother, Michelle Thompson Simard, said his favorite animal is a penguin, which explains his favorite motto, “Live like a penguin.”

This means “be friendly, stand by each other, go the extra mile, jump into life and be cool,” she said, according to WLKY.

Jacob is a very special 9-year-old, who is battling neuroblastoma.

(Facebook/Michelle Thompson Simard)

“People have called him an old soul and I believe it because he has taught us so much about life and about people,” said Jacob’s father, Roger Guay to CNN. “He’s accomplished everything that he needed to do by 9 years old, and a lot of people don’t accomplish that, ever.”

However, Jacob has one more wish, and time may be running out. According to his GoFundMe page, the neuroblastoma has spread to his skull and is incurable.

Despite his prognosis, Jacob is looking forward to the holidays.

(Facebook/Michelle Thompson Simard)

Being in this unfortunate situation has not stopped Jacob from feeling the holiday spirit. His stepmother, Tara Artinyan, shares with WLKY that “Jacob loves the holiday season.” Because of this, the family has decided to bring Christmas early this year for Jacob.

Jacob has received the full Christmas festivities in the hospital, including snow, a tree, and even Santa Claus. But there is one more thing that he wanted to make his Christmas complete, and that is for everyone around the world to celebrate with him.

Jacob has asked people to send him cards to join in celebrating his early Christmas.

(Facebook/Michelle Thompson Simard)

After five days of his request, Jacob received over 100 cards of support from people around the word. Artinyan told CNN, “We got over a hundred, and they’re from all over the world. We have some from the Netherlands, from Australia, from Denmark. We’ve heard from all over the world at this point. We’ve even heard from Antarctica.”

He even had cards come in during Halloween. “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, told CNN during a phone interview. “He was excited to see what people had to say, and it just brightened his day.”

Please share if you would like to help wish Jacob a wonderful Christmas! Cards can be sent here:

Jacob Thompson

c/o Maine Medical Center

22 Bramhall Street

Portland, ME 04102