Students at Portsmouth Abbey School gathered in the art building on a cold November evening for a special purpose: to make Christmas cards. These cards were not for their families or friends, but for a nine-year-old boy whom they had never met: Jacob Thompson.
On October 11, Jacob was admitted to the Barbara Bush Children's hospital in Portland, Maine, as part of a three-year struggle with stage 4 neuroblastoma. The cancer has spread to his brain, and doctors have informed Jacob's family that there is little time left.
According to his mother, Jacob wants to celebrate another Christmas. Doctors know this isn't possible, so his parents have set up a request in order to "fast forward" the holiday season: send Jacob cards.
The Portsmouth Abbey School Confetti Club was created by Lizzy Mullaly '18 to focus on hospitalized children during their birthdays. Modeled after the Confetti Foundation, a nonprofit that Lizzy's family friend runs, it aims to bring a little joy into as many hospital birthdays as possible. But when Lizzy heard about Jacob's wish for a last Christmas, she knew this was something they had to be a part of. "Jacob's story was beyond worth making an exception to the rule," Lizzy says.
Lizzy made a last-minute announcement at Assembly on a Monday morning, and that evening the art loft was filled with students wanting to wish Jacob a Merry Christmas. Lizzy will ship all the cards in a large box along with some gifts and candy to join the hundreds of others who have sent Jacob cards for his Christmas celebration.
If you'd like to send Jacob a card, please mail it to Jacob Thompson, c/o Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, ME 04102.