Boy who got thousands of Christmas cards dies

Maine Boy Whose Christmas Card Wish Went Viral Dies at 9

A terminally ill ME boy who spurred thousands of people around the world to send him homemade Christmas cards for his last holiday lost his battle with cancer on Sunday.

- A 9-year-old boy, who wished for Christmas cards after he was given a month to live, has passed away.

The 9-year-old was determined to have Stage 4 high-hazard neuroblastoma, a cerebrum disease, in 2014.

"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", his family said in a statement.

Jacob received thousands of Christmas cards at Maine Medical Center where he was undergoing treatment.

"You brought Jacob happiness, and you presented to every one of us good faith for what's to come".

When doctors told Thompson's parents that their son might not live to see Christmas this year, his parents asked strangers to send Jacob homemade cards to help him celebrate the holidays early.

Many people also sent toy penguins, in honor of Jacob's favorite animal. Much obliged to you for taking the time, and appreciating our sweet kid's voyage.

Jacob was able to meet a penguin in person when members of the Mystic Aquarium in CT brought two to the hospital in ME for him, according to NBC affiliate WCNC. Members of the University of ME hockey team and various local law enforcement organizations also visited him in the hospital.

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.

Township Committeeman James Taylor, speaking at the Township Committee meeting Monday, shared how he had learned of Jacob Thompson's story by reading a newspaper article a few weeks ago.

'Sadly, there are many others like him that we hope you will continue to help'.

They thanked everyone who took the time to send the child a Christmas card.

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