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

When nine-year-old Jacob Thompson was first diagnosed with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma in February 2014, he was just five years old. Since 2014 his condition worsened and Thompson needed to go back to the hospital.

On the GoFundMe account 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 Thompson won’t be leaving the hospital and doctors say Thompson may pass before Christmas.

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

His stepmother, Tara Artinyan 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.”

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

Hundreds of people also shared photos of their cards before mailing them and the phrase “live life like a penguin” has made its rounds on people’s social media accounts in support of Thompson’s journey.

If you are interested in sending a Christmas card, you can send them to him at Maine Medical Center:

Jacob Thompson

C/O Maine Medical Center

22 Bramhall Street

Portland, Maine


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