Therefore, thousands of strangers from all over the world sent him early Christmas cards.
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.
The 9-year-old boy was diagnosed with Stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma, a brain cancer, in 2014. Neuroblastoma is a rare type of cancer that generally affects children ages five or younger. He was admitted to Maine Medical Center on October 11 and his parents were told he only had a month to live. After he asked for cards so he could celebrate early, thousands poured in from strangers, including celebrities Anna Kendrick and Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as the New England Patriots. Therefore, they posted a message asking people to send the boy handmade holiday cards. We are so touched by the heartfelt notes we find and the smiles we see from people and pets in photos.
They hope Jacob inspired people to "live like a pengiun". I'm counting on you guys!
"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.
He had some big name admirers, as well, similar to Arnold Schwarzenegger, who made him a card, and individuals from the University of ME hockey group and different neighborhood law implementation associations, who went by him in the healing center.
In addition, after learning Jacob liked penguins, Connecticut's Mystic Aquarium arranged for him to hold a real one, and his affinity for police officers led hundreds of officers to process from Boston to his hospital in Maine, NBC Chicago reported.
On November 9th, members of the law enforcement community from across New England caravanned to ME to visit Jacob. The University of ME men's hockey team and a host of law enforcement officers also came to see him. "It resonated pretty deep with a lot of agencies and departments". "He really moved me", he said.
"Whether the card is purchased or handmade, we know that each card was sealed and delivered with love, with Jacob and his family in mind", the family said.
"It's what's it's all about".
Mr. and Mrs. Claus even took time to visit Jacob and make, what his parents are saying will be his last Christmas, a very special one.