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Little boy who got thousands of Christmas cards loses cancer battle

Posted by on Nov. 20, 2017 at 10:02 PM
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Earlier this month I wrote about Jacob here...

http://www.cafemom.com/group/7446/forums/read/21739790/Last_Wish_for_Jacob

This was online today...

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Jacob Thompson, the boy who got thousands of Christmas cards from charmed fans this fall, has died after a long battle with cancer.

The 9-year-old was diagnosed with Stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma, a brain cancer, in 2014. In October of this year, doctors told his parents that he only had a month or so to live.

That meant he would probably miss Christmas.

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. Oh, and how people responded -- thousands of cards, some featuring his favorite animal -- penguins -- made it to his bedside at the Maine Medical Center. He had some celebrity admirers, too, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, who made him a card, and members of the University of Maine hockey team and various local law enforcement organizations, who visited him in the hospital.

On Sunday, November 19, Jacob passed away.

His family thanked everyone for their kindness, and said they hope Jacob's story raises awareness of neuroblastoma, which commonly affects young children.

"Each and every person who sent Jacob a Christmas card, a gift, a Facebook message or video, or a prayer made a difference in the final days of his life," they wrote on Jacob's Facebook page. "You brought Jacob joy, and you brought us all optimism for the future. Thank you for taking the time, and taking an interest in our sweet boy's journey.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/little-boy-who-got-thousands-of-christmas-cards-loses-cancer-battle/ar-BBFoum9?li=AA4ZnC&ocid=spartandhp

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coolmommy2x
by Gold sister on Nov. 20, 2017 at 10:31 PM
Such a sad story. I believe Shutterfly was also involved with this, you could create and mail a card for free. The Philadelphia Philiies sent a package too. Stories like this are heartbreaking but seeing the community come together is heart warming. May he rest in peace.
letstalk747
by Joyful on Nov. 20, 2017 at 10:34 PM
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Very sad.

momofsixangels
by Platinum sister on Nov. 20, 2017 at 11:33 PM
So sad
AndrewsMomPDX
by Christine on Nov. 21, 2017 at 12:33 AM
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What a shame
Manth
by Manth on Nov. 21, 2017 at 3:35 AM

I'm glad that he is out of pain, and even more glad that people responded so positively to his last request. What joy he must have had seeing all the wishes and goodwill extended to him and his family.

DanaG70
by Tinker Bell on Nov. 21, 2017 at 6:11 AM

May he rest in peace. =(

wenuck
by Wendy - Moonshine on Nov. 21, 2017 at 6:18 AM
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So sad =(
Prayers for his family
la1118
by Silver sister on Nov. 21, 2017 at 10:37 AM
How sad. At least the generous outpouring of kindness from strangers sending that flood of cards could put a smile on his face during his last days. I'm sure it also helped his family.
dana63
by Momma of 40ish on Nov. 21, 2017 at 10:41 AM

So sad :(

May he rest in peace..

BL2010
by BL on Nov. 21, 2017 at 11:23 AM

Rest in peace, Jacob. praying

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