The young boy from Saco who motivated hundreds of thousands of people around the world to send him cards and well-wishes for his last holiday, lost his battle with cancer on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017.
NEWS CENTER introduced 9-year-old Jacob Thompson to the world on November 1, when Lee Goldberg was invited by family members to meet the special little boy who loved penguins and Christmas.
Jacob was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in February 2014 when he was just 5-years-old. Neuroblastoma is a cancer that generally affects children and infants. When Jacob was admitted to Maine Medical Center on October 11,2017, his parents were told he only had a month to live.
Jacob wanted to celebrate one more Christmas and with the love and support of thousands of people around the world Jacob did just that. People world-wide answered his small, quiet call for holiday cards, and they did so in a big way.
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.