We Got This.

5 Days Away!

Hope to see everyone on Saturday for the 5th Annual JBT Regatta at the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club. The Party starts at 4PM with live music, a special entertainer, free BBQ and a mind-blowing auction lineup that you don’t want to miss!

Please consider making a donation prior to the event to help us reach the elusive $100,000 mark. We raised just over 90K last year and every dollar helps, so please click HERE to make your tax deductible donation!

If you’d like to support a particular sailor and help their boat gain an advantage on the water then you can do so at http://support.thecurestartsnow.org/site/TR/ChapterDIY/General?pg=entry&fr_id=1490.

Thanks for your love and support!

July 14th – 5th Annual JBT Regatta

On June 2nd 2013, John began his 10 month battle with DIPG.  This July 14th, 5 years later, our community will come together to continue to fight for a homerun cure at the Annual JBT Regatta & Auction, to be held at the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club.

The Cure Starts Now Foundation is making incredible progress in the pursuit of a cure.  We have the World’s best Pediatric Cancer Doctors working together and the DIPG Collaborative is making great strides in their research and our efforts over the past 5 years have made a huge impact.  We are confident that that The Cure Starts Now Foundation has the passion, direction and blueprint to end the disease that takes away so many of our loved ones.

Please save the date.  Want to sail? No worries, you really don’t need to be a sailor to fundraise and get out on the water.  You just need a boat and a crew! Have auction items? You can use our 5th Annual JBT Auction Donation Form to donate.  Monetary donations (tax-deductible) can be made through John’s CSN Website or by sending a check, made out to The Cure Starts Now Foundation with a Memo: JBT Regatta / NH Chapter to: Jesse Thompson, PO Box 7305, Gilford, NH 03249.  Any questions please email Jesse at jesse@ndprecast.com.


Our family is one of many in this fight – We have committed to never give up, just like John.  Please be there on July 14th.  It will be a great day, everyone is welcome and we need your help to ensure that the New Hampshire Chapter continues to be an influential player in the fight against DIPG.  We are making a difference … Together!

Hockey Time!

Looking for something fun to do this weekend?  Come on down to the JBT Hockey Game on Saturday at 5:30 PM … it’s at the Merrill Fay Arena in Laconia  —  Spread the Word!

Back again, the 2nd Annual “NOT SO MINI ONE-ON-ONE” shootout competition will happen in between periods … not to be missed!   Ten adults from around the community are currently competing to raise the most money … The more they raise, the more pucks / opportunities they get in the shootout.   We’ve got some serious talent this year, here’s a list of the competitors:

Mike Bodnar  –  Defending Champ 

Paul Childers  —  Gunstock Bartender

Abby Fopiano  —  John’s Beautiful Aunt

Craig Maurer  —  Alison’s High School Friend

Derek Bekar  —  Former UNH & NHL Player

Eric Dow   —  Representing Northern Design

Todd Rollins  —  Laconia CC Golf Professional

Jeremy Baron  —  Jesse’s Illegitimate Brother

John Camara  —  SNHU Club Team Captain

Steve Leach  —  Former Boston Bruin


Donations can be made at: http://support.thecurestartsnow.org/site/TR?fr_id=1410&pg=entry  …. Just select the competitor you wish to support and your tax deductible donation will help them reach their goal!   You can also follow to see who’s winning the fundraising race … Each competitor earns a puck for every $500 they raise  –  The top fundraiser earns a bonus puck, giving them a better “shot” to win the coveted JBT “Not So Mini One-on-One” Trophy.

Wolves 2018 JBT Team

Hope to see you there!

JBT Hockey Game – March 3rd

The New England Wolves have once again dedicated one of their home games to celebrating the memory of John Bradley Thompson and raising awareness and research funding for The Cure Starts Now Foundation.

JBT Hockey

This year’s JBT game will be held at the Merrill Fay Arena in Laconia at 5:30 PM on Saturday, March 3rd, when the Wolves battle the East Coast Wizards in an EHL Showdown. We encourage the community to come out and support the Wolves and this wonderful Foundation.  There will be give-a-ways, a raffle and the popular “Not so Mini One-on-One” Shootout Competition”, where members of the greater community take the ice in between periods to compete for the coveted JBT Trophy.

Check out the “Not so Mini One-on-One” Shootout Competition” webpage to help our players reach their fundraising goals.

John endured a 10 month battle with DIPG back in 2013 / 2014. DIPG is a terminal brain tumor that is inoperable and leaves families with no hope. John would be turning 11 years old on the 25th of March — There was nothing anyone could do for him four years ago, so John’s family and the Cure Starts Now kindly request your attendance & support — Together, we can change the outcome for future families that are devastated with a child who is diagnosed with DIPG.

The Cure Starts Now is made up of over 30 Chapters from around the globe and has quickly become one of the fastest growing Cancer Foundations in the world. The NH Chapter is run by the Thompson family in honor of John — All the CSN Chapters are run by families and fueled by Heart, Love & the Hope that a Homerun Cure for Cancer will be found. CSN has an overhead of just 3%, allowing almost every dollar to go straight to data collection and research. They are bringing the world’s best neurologists together and creating an unprecedented environment of collaboration. The money raised is spent wisely, ensuring that there’s no duplication in clinical trials and that all researchers are aware of what’s working and what’s not.

Please join us at the Merrill Fay Arena on March 3rd at 5:30 PM for an afternoon of family fun, community support and some great hockey!

Not so Mini One on One

JBT Hockey Game Press Release2018


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!