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St. Ursula Academy students send Christmas cards to boy with terminal cancer

Posted at 4:13 PM, Nov 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-16 17:03:49-05

CINCINNATI -- St. Ursula Academy students are making sure Christmas comes early for a little boy with terminal cancer.

The high school students are sending cards to Jacob Thompson, a 9-year-old boy in Maine with Stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma.

Doctors told Jacob’s parents he has a month to live, and he might not make it to Christmas. His parents are making sure that doesn't happen; they've requested that people send him cards a little early so he can experience all of the holiday cheer.

St. Ursula senior Jess Klus knew she had to do something when she saw Jacob’s story on Twitter.

“I just thought about how it’s so easy to take the holiday for granted and just thinking about how he might not make it to his own Christmas,” Klus said.

Klus and her friend, Oyinda Omoloja, got the entire school to send Christmas messages to Jacob.

The girls are collecting cards until the end of the week, and then they will send them more than 17 hours away to Jacob’s hospital.

The students said they want everyone to make sure to spread love to family and friends this holiday season because it could be their last.

If you want to send Jacob a Christmas card, you can mail them to Jacob Thompson, c/o Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, ME 04102.

His family has also set up aGofundme page for his funeral expenses.