Jacob Thompson, Nine-Year-Old Cancer Patient Celebrates “Last Christmas” Early

Jacob Thompson, Nine-Year-Old Cancer Patient Celebrates “Last Christmas” Early


When Jacob Thompson was first diagnosed with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma cancer in February 2014, he was just five years old. Sadly, since 2014 his condition worsened and Thompson needed to go back to the hospital, Providr reports. He is now nine.


Despite his cancer, he will, nonetheless, celebrate Christmas


Source: GoFundMe

On the GoFundMe campaign organized by his parents, the family wrote: “On Monday the 10th we started chemotherapy in conjunction with the radiation and by Wednesday the doctors were concerned that there was no significant reduction of pain and decided to admit Jacob. Since then we have learned that his hip is extremely peppered by tumors, which was described as looking like lace. This obviously has added to the pain and more importantly with his ability to walk and move around.”

His doctors and family say that Jacob won’t be leaving the hospital, fearing he may pass before Christmas.

However, his family wanted Thompson to celebrate one final Christmas early this year. They will decorate his room with snowflakes, a tree, and a visit from Santa to help him celebrate a holiday he loves.

His stepmother, Tara Artinyan also chimed in. She told CNN, “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,” which was in reference to Thompson’s favorite penguin poem, “Advice from a Penguin.”

Jacob, opening gift cards


Source: Michelle Thompson Simard

On November 3, Thompson’s Facebook page was updated, and showed a photo of how many cards and gifts had arrived for him since news of his story came out. He sat on his bed surrounded by his favorite animal – a stuffed penguin, then balloons, toys, and cards.

Penguins are Jacob’s favorite animals


Source: Michelle Thompson Simard

But he wasn’t alone. Hundreds of people who participated also shared photos of their cards before mailing them. The phrase “live life like a penguin” has made its rounds on people’s social media accounts in support of Thompson’s journey.

Which brings us to you. If you’re interested in sending a Christmas card to Jacob, you can send them to him at Maine Medical Center:

Jacob Thompson

C/O Maine Medical Center

22 Bramhall Street

Portland, Maine


Little Jacob in his Christmas room


Source: Facebook
From: providr

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