Saco boy who inspired thousands during cancer battle dies

Henrietta Brewer
November 21, 2017

Jacob was admitted to the hospital in October after four years of battling neuroblastoma, a cancer that starts in the nerve cells and generally affects infants and young children.

Friend and strangers from ME and around the globe sent tens of thousands of Christmas cards and gifts.

- A 9-year-old ME boy with cancer has died a week after his wish for a Christmas celebration was fulfilled.

Tens of thousands of cards flew into Jacob's small hospital room from celebrities to ordinary people whose hearts were touched by Jacob's sweet spirit and simple request.


As his family had expected, Thompson didn't live long enough for Christmas, a holiday he loves.

"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 GoFundMe campaign has raised almost $160,000 as of Monday to pay for Jacob's funeral.

Jacob passed away Sunday, but not before he had received thousands of cards from around the world.


'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, ' the family continued. Sadly, there are many others like him that we hope you will continue to help, they wrote, ' the said in the Facebook post.

Jacob 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 organisations, who visited him in the hospital.

Jacob's family announced his passing in a Facebook post this afternoon, where they thanked those who took the time to send him a card or present for his last Christmas celebration. The family said Thompson loved penguins and they had adopted an emperor penguin chick on behalf of their son through the World Wildlife Fund.

The family suggested well-wishers who want to donate do so at Operation Gratitude (a military charity), a penguin rescue group, or do something in their own communities.


"Jacob spends most of his time resting, but has had a few good hours to play and open all your cards and gifts", his family wrote.

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