• Stoughton police plan parade to Maine for dying boy

    By: Dalton Main


    STOUGHTON, Mass. - The Stoughton Police Department is heading to Maine Wednesday. 

    Officers from Massachusetts are heading up north to visit 9-year-old Jacob Thompson at the Barbara Bush Children’s hospital. 

    Thompson, who suffers from stage four neuroblastoma, is not expected to live until Christmas. 

    But the jolly little boy just wants to celebrate the holiday before he passes away. Last week, his family asked anyone and everyone to send Christmas cards to him from all over the country so he could feel the Christmas spirit one last time. 

    Now, the Stoughton police department is calling on all blues across the state to bring their police cruisers and join them in parading past the hospital in a show of support for Thompson. 

    According to Stoughton police, Thompson and other children will be in a hallway with a view of the street Wednesday and the officers plan to roll past with words and sirens of support. 

    Police say they will be gathering at St. James Catholic Church in Stoughton at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. They ask anyone willing to join them to meet them there and caravan to Portland, Maine for the day. 

    “Jacob loves penguins and police officers,” Stoughton police said in a Facebook post. “Please join me in making his Christmas wish come true.”

    The family plans to decorate Jacob’s hospital room with a Christmas tree, Christmas lights and fake snow. 

    Cards can be sent to:

    Jacob Thompson

    C/O Maine Medical Center

    22 Bramhall Street

    Portland, Maine 04102

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