In October, a 9-year-old boy’s Christmas wish went viral. Young Jacob Thompson was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma when he was only 5 years old.
On October 11, the doctors at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital found out that Jacob’s neuroblastoma had spread to his head. They told his parents that it would be incurable.
Shortly after, Jacob’s mother revealed that their family wanted to “fast forward” Christmas. They asked friends and family to send Jacob Christmas cards so that he could feel the love of the holidays during his last days.
Reportedly, the young boy did not just receive letters from family and friends, but also from thousands of strangers around the world. Only five days after the announcement, he received over 100 letters. Eventually, he was receiving over 10,000 cards in one day.
Some of the most notable letters were from former First Lady Barbara Bush and from the New England Patriots. Additionally, he received a card from a penguin rescue in New Zealand, as the penguin was Jacob’s favorite animal.
Sadly, Jacob passed away on Sunday. His family made the sad announcement via a Facebook post.
They said, “It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Jacob’s passing with you. On Sunday, November 19th, 2017, at just 9 years old, Jacob passed away peacefully following his 4 year battle with neuroblastoma.”
“We hope that Jacob’s story and the enormous outpouring of support from around the world will have a lasting impact on raising awareness for this disease. We hope that donations will be made, and a cure will be discovered as a result,” they added, saying that people could still give donations in Jacob’s honor to Operation Gratitude.
Overall, Jacob’s family wanted to remind everyone to “live like a penguin.”
They said, “We’d like people to live life like a penguin, and by that we mean dive into life, find warmth among friends, stay cool and just give to others.”
Please be praying for Jacob’s family and friends during this difficult time. Share your prayers on Facebook. In other breaking news, a tragic T-38 crash resulted in the death of 1 Air Force pilot and another one injured.