Jacob Thompson Dead With Cancer Before Christmas

A 9-year-old boy who inspired outpouring of Christmas cards has died from cancer

To make the most of the time he had left, his family celebrated Christmas early, and Jacob asked people to send him Christmas cards to help make his last holiday special.

Jacob Thompson, a boy who inspired thousands from around the world to send him Christmas cards as he battled cancer, died at 9 years old on Sunday.

The 9-year-old was determined to have Stage 4 high-hazard neuroblastoma, a cerebrum disease, in 2014. Sadly, there are many others like him that we hope you will continue to help, they wrote, ' the said in the Facebook post. The Mystic Aquarium brought penguins to the hospital to visit, a local magician performed a show just for Jacob and his family, and police officers across New England came to Portland to deliver cards and drive past the hospital to wave to young patients.

"You brought Jacob joy, and you brought us all optimism for the future". Little Jacob Thompson was a big fan of Christmas, but his parents and the doctors were afraid he won't live to celebrate it.

In addition to receiving cards, Jacob also received visits from the University of ME men's hockey team and and even Mr and Mrs Claus. Thank you for taking the time, and taking an interest in our sweet boy's journey, ' the family wrote Monday on Facebook.

Jacob was admitted to the hospital "for the last time" October 11, his mother, Michelle Thompson Simard, wrote on a GoFundMe page.

"We are working through the cards and take time to enjoy each one". Jacob has been getting anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 letters a day.

He even received a video greeting from actor Rob Lowe and the cast of "Code Black".

After word of Jacob's story was picked up online, there was an outpouring of support and within days of the initial request, Thompson had received more than 30,000 cards from around the world.

Jacob's family ended the Facebook post asking people to #LiveLikeAPenguin, referring to his favorite animal.

His family expressed gratitude toward everybody for their consideration, and said they trust Jacob's story brings issues to light of neuroblastoma, which generally influences youthful youngsters.

'We hope that donations will be made, and a cure will be discovered as a result'.

Roughly 800 new children are diagnosed with neuroblastoma in the US alone every year.

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