9-year-old boy with cancer, who asked for Christmas cards, dies

Faith Castro
November 22, 2017

His neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer affecting the nervous system, had spread to his brain, leaving him in extreme pain and unable to walk or move around.

Jacob Thompson, a terminally ill boy whose request went viral for homemade Christmas cards to celebrate what would be his last Christmas early, died Sunday after receiving thousands of cards from around the world.

Shortly after Thompson's wish made headlines, he received upwards of 10,000 cards in a single day delivered to his room at Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.

Jacob is survived by his mother, Michelle Thompson Simard, father Roger Guay, dog Piper and his extended family.

"No one thinks about having to do this type of planning for their child and because of that we did nor do not have life insurance on him", reads the description of the fundraiser page.

The family has raised nearly $160,000 of their $175,000 goal.

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A little boy who captivated the country with his valiant battle against cancer has lost the fight of his life. "Jacob passed away peacefully following his 4 year battle with neuroblastoma". He had some celebrity admirers, too, like Arnold Schwarzenegger, who made him a card, and members of the University of ME hockey team and various local law enforcement organizations, who visited him in the hospital.

"You brought Jacob joy, and you brought us all optimism for the future".

The boy loved penguins. "Sadly, there are many others like him that we hope you will continue to help", the family wrote Monday on Facebook.

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"So when I saw this, as a parent, I thought we really are blessed when we have healthy children", Taylor said, "and maybe it would be a nice thing at Thanksgiving time to do this resolution so that we can send it up to him (to) let him know the town of Cranbury ... was thinking of him and his family at this time".

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