The 4th Annual JBT Regatta was a success! We raised over $91,000 to support the Homerun Cure for cancer.  We are amazed by our community who continues to show so much heart in supporting our fight against DIPG.  We thank all of you that donated and everyone that came to the WYC to share in such an incredible day. 

It was an honor to present WYC Member Dan Smith with the JBT Perseverance Award. Dan has shown so much positive spirit and courage in his life, just as John showed us. 

Congrats to Guy Nickerson and family crew on Pressure for taking 1st Place in the Regatta. And a huge shout-out to Conor Hayes for taking the top spot in the Sailor Fundraising Challenge! His team raised $5,100 for the Cure Starts Now! 
Thank you. 

See you next year!

Think John Bradley

Everything’s happening at WYC tomorrow!

Only 15 hours left to support your favorite boat – Click Here for Sailors Fundraising Page.

Skippers Meeting at 10am

Race starts at 11:30am

Party starts at 4pm – Food, Music and Auctions

Here is a sneak peek at the Live Auction Items:

  • Giant Green Adironack Chair, built and donated by Al Posnak
  • Adult Kayak donated by Watermark
  • Custom Mahogany Boat Stool, built and donated by Steve Plimpton
  • Tandem Skydive Adventure, donated by Heckman Family
  • 3-Days, 2-Night New England Getaway, donated by InnSeasons Resorts
  • Collectable Sculpture of Cy Young, made and donated by Bob Shore of Skyilght Studios
  • Kid Kayak, donated by King of Klean
  • Luxury Suite for 20, donated by NH Fisher Cats
  • Golf and Lodging at the Sugarloaf Golf Club, donated by Steve and Connie Grant
  • 3-Day Dog Hunt at Harts Bluff Ranch in Texas, donated by Tim Michael
  • Custom Kentucky Stick Chairs made by Rob Sharkey
  • 4 Premium Red Sox vs. Houston Tickets – Last game of the Season, donated by Pike Industries
  • 2-Day Golf Tournament for 20, donated by Nippo Lake Golf Club and Rochester Country Club
  • Stand-up-Paddleboard with Paddle, donated by Lakes Region Surgical Associates
  • 4 Tickets to Luke Bryan August 8th, donated by Meadowbrook 
  • Night of the Cody James Band, donated by the Band
  • Elegant Sectional Sofa, donated by American Cottage
  • 6ft x18ft Water “Lily Pad”, donated by Sports and Marine Parafunalia
  • Party Bus to Fenway! 12 Bleacher Tickets and a Party Bus to get you there 2pm-2am
  • One Week vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, house with pool and beach access, sleeps 8-10, donated by MacDonald and Strafford Family
  • Welch Island Lobster Bake for 20! Hosted by the Thompsons

See you tomorrow!

10 Days Away (July 15th)!

The 4th Annual JBT Regatta is only 10 Days Away! We’re uniting perfect weather & wonderful people at WYC next Saturday, July 15th — Don’t miss out on this Mid-SummerCommunity Celebration as we remember our sweet John and raise money that’s desperately need to find the Homerun Cure for Cancer.

This year’s Auction is legendary:  A week on Martha’s Vineyard, a Wild Hog Hunt in Texas, Kayaks, Paddleboard, Lily Pad, Skydiving, Party Bus to Fenway for 12, Pats Tickets, Cy Young Sculpture, Luke Bryan Tickets, the Infamous Welch Island Lobster Bake for 20 and so much more!


Race starts at 11:30 (skipper’s meeting at 10 AM) and the Party is from 4 – 7 PM (BYOB) — Everything’s happening at WYC, 45 Dockham Shore Road in Gilford. Please e-mail Jesse at if you’re interested in donating an item for the auction.


It’s easy to donate … Just click HERE to use a credit card — Or you can send a check:


Payable toThe Cure Starts Now Foundation MemoJBT Regatta / NH Chapter


Mailed toJesse Thompson

PO Box 7305

Gilford, NH 03249


501(C)(3) non-profit #26-0269131   – You’ll receive a tax letter / e-mail directly from CSN when you make your donation.


New this Year! Sailors can raise money to earn minutes off their adjusted time: Register to be a fundraiser by clicking here.  You can support your favorite Boat by clinking the same link, we’re instituting the “don’t let Jesse win” rule — If you’re not sure who to support then go with the last place fundraiser … Don’t support Jesse, he’s already too fast!


Our New Hampshire Chapter of The Cure Starts Now Foundation has raised almost ½ million bucks to help defeat DIPG and find a Homerun Cure for Cancer. This is a credit to the collective heart and generosity of our community and all those who have supported our family.


Thank You and we can’t wait to see everyone next Saturday!


4th Annual JBT Regatta – July 15th

4th Annual JBT Regatta – July 15th

Summer is back!!  In six weeks we will continue to fight DIPG at the 4th Annual JBT Regatta & Auction in support of The Cure Starts Now Foundation.  Get out your calendar and mark “JBT” on Saturday, July 15th and we’ll see you at the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club in Gilford. ALL ARE WELCOME!!

Four years ago, on June 2nd 2013, John was diagnosed with DIPG.  We are blessed to have received so much support and love during his 11 month fight and these three years after. Our annual Regatta has been an incredible way for our community to come together to help to ensure that the New Hampshire Chapter continues to be an influential player in the fight against DIPG.  We thank you all for keeping us and this cause close to your heart.

Boats will set sail in the morning.  Live music, Auction and Award Ceremony festivities to commence at 4pm.  On-lookers are welcome to enjoy the WYC beach all day.  Bring the whole family to cheer on the sailors, enjoy the music, take a dip in the lake and bid on great local auction items!  Light food will be served, BYOB.

If you are interested in sailing, supporting the cause with an auction item or just making a donation, please email Jesse at Our family is one of many in this fight – We have committed to never give up, just like John.  Please know that The Cure Starts Now Foundation is making incredible progress in finding the homerun cure.

We are making a difference … Together!

Saturday Night is Hockey Night!

Hi Friends!

You’re invited to the New England Wolves EHL Elite JBT Hockey Game this Saturday, March 4th at the Laconia Ice Arena at 6:30 PM.

The Wolves are dedicating this Saturday’s home game to John, we hope you can make it.   A good friend of ours, Andrew Trimble, is the coach of these great young men and we are so humbled with their clear desire to help us raise awareness and research funds for the The Cure Starts Now Foundation.

This year we have added an extra twist to our fundraising. Ten brazen adults from around the community will lace up their skates and try to score in a one-on-one penalty shot contest during the game.   Check it out and donate/support the underdog:  The more money they raise for the Cure Starts now, the more opportunities (more pucks) they will get to score!

It will be fun for the whole family.  We will have a booth set up with courage.spirit.hope t-shirts for the kids in the stands.  There will be a 50/50 raffle, other give aways and we will accept donations for the Cure Starts Now.

Admission to the game is $5 for adults and $1 for kids.  The puck drops at 6:30.

Click here for Directions to the Rink


The Wolves are an amazing team, full of determination and heart.  They represent the courage.spirit.hope that we stand for and we are very thankful for this opportunity.  You can read more about all their accomplishments on their WOLVES WEBSITE.  Please check out the New England Wolves EHL Elite Facebook page too – LIKE IT!

See you at the Rink!

If you have any questions or want more details, please email Jesse at

1 WEEK! Prepare to tack.

The 3rd Annual JBT Regatta is just 1 week away!!  We hope to see you at the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club next Saturday, July 16th.  This event supports the NH Chapter of The Cure Starts Now Foundation., in memory of our John Bradley Thompson who lost his battle with DIPG, a very rare brain cancer, in April 2014.

All are welcome!

We have an exciting list of live and silent auction items – something for everyone -including a Skydiving Adventure (with video recording!), weekend retreat to Pittsburg NH, 12 person two day Golf Tournament, gift certificates to a variety of Lakes Region restaurants and much more!

We are accepting donations in advance.  Please go to:  if you would like to support us.  The Cure Starts Now Foundation is leading the way to find a cure for DIPG, and in the process a potential Home-Run-Cure for all cancers.  You support will help us get closer to a day that parents of a child diagnosed with DIPG will hear “cure“instead of “inoperable and terminal“.

The Day’s Events:

  • 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Sailors Registration
  • 11:00 AM:  Sailors Reverse Start –Sanders Bay. During the races feel free to get out on the water to watch the action or come to the WYC for a swim and get your 50/50 tickets!
  • 4:00 PM: Silent Auction opens and our favorite – Paul Warnick – will start the music!
  • 4:30 PM: BBQ is served – Donations suggested.
  • 5:30 PM: Live Auction Begins (approximate time)
  • 6:00 PM: Silent Auction Closes (approximate time)
  • 6:30 PM: JBT Spirit Award Presentation and Sailing Awards
  • 6:45-7:00 PM: Auction Check-Out and Thank You!


See you next Saturday! Thank you all!

July 16th – 3rd Annual JBT Regatta


MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  The 3rd Annual JBT Regatta & Auction in support of The Cure Starts Now Foundation is being held on Saturday July 16th at the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club (WYC) in Gilford.  This annual event allows our community to come together and continue to fight DIPG by supporting a Foundation that is making great strides to finding a cure… And have FUN while doing it!! ALL ARE WELCOME!!

Registered boats will set sail at 11:30am. Live music, Auction and Award Ceremony festivities to commence at 4pm.  Each year, we are honored to recognize a person from our community who has persevered life challenges with undeniable integrity and positivity with the JBT Courage.Spirit.Hope Award.  Bring the whole family to cheer on the sailors, enjoy the music, take a dip in the lake, bid on great local auction items and congratulate the JBT Award recipient (to be announced at the Event).  Light food will be served, BYOB.

If you are interested in sailing, supporting the cause with an auction item or just making a donation, please email Jesse at

The Cure Starts Now Foundation has established itself as one of the fasting growing Cancer Foundations in the world and is making great progress in bringing both Researchers and Pediatric Neurologists together in order to combat the devastating reality of DIPG.   Many believe that DIPG holds the secrets that could lead to the cure for all Cancers  —  Our goal is to find that ‘Homerun Cure’ and we have the foundation to do just that.    It won’t happen this year, but it will happen … and we’re proud that our Community has become an instrumental player in this fight.

Our NH Chapter has raised almost $350,000 over the last 2 ½ years  —  But it’s not enough.  We need to keep the ball rolling and every donation we get is one step closer to funding the Doctor who cures cancer.   That Doctor will get all the credit when it happens, and we’re cool with that!  Every disease that plagued past generations was cured, we believe that Cancer is no different.  At some point, Cancer will no longer take away our loved ones  —  That Cure Starts Now!

More information to come.  See you on July 16th!