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Terminally Ill Boy Dies After Receiving Thousands Of Christmas Cards

BY LIFE MATTERS MEDIA STAFF

PORTLAND, Maine –  Thousands of people across the world helped a terminally boy celebrate his last Christmas.

As Jacob Thompson approached the end of his short life, his family asked strangers across the globe to send Christmas cards to help them celebrate his favorite holiday early.

Jacob, who died Sunday at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at age 9, received thousands of cards, some of them homemade and electronic. News of Jacob’s request sparked warm headlines across the globe. 

In 2014, Jacob was diagnosed with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma, a rare cancerous tumor that spread to his head and bones.

Jacob and his family celebrated Christmas on Nov. 12. He died a week later.

“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 wrote on their 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. Sadly, there are many others like him that we hope you will continue to help.”

A GoFundMe campaign has already raised some $160,000 to help pay for Jacob’s funeral.

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