CRANBURY: Resolution honors ME boy dying of cancer

Jacob Thompson

Jacob Thompson

His family's request resulted in Christmas cards for Jacob being sent to the hospital from all over the world.

Jacob's family made a decision to hold a Christmas celebration earlier this month, where they transformed his hospital room into the North Pole, and requested people send in a few Christmas cards to the hospital. His family thanked those who sent Christmas cards and prayers, saying it gave joy to Jacob and optimism to his family.

"So when I saw this, as a parent, I thought we really are blessed when we have healthy children", Taylor said, "and maybe it would be a nice thing at Thanksgiving time to do this resolution so that we can send it up to him (to) let him know the town of Cranbury ... was thinking of him and his family at this time".

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Jacob Thompson was diagnosed with stage 4 high-risk neuroblastoma in February 2014 when he was just 5-years-old. Members of the University of ME hockey team and various local law enforcement organizations also visited him in the hospital.

Many people also sent toy penguins, in honor of Jacob's favorite animal. His motto was to "live life like a penguin", which, his mother, Michelle Thompson Simard, told Good Housekeeping her son believes means to "be friendly, stand by each other, go the extra mile, jump into life and be cool".

His family announced the sad news on their Jacob Thompson's Journey Facebook page, where they had been sharing the young boy's four-year battle with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer that commonly affects children ages five or younger.

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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. "It is tragic, and more research and resources are needed to continue fighting for a cure", the family said in their statement. Much obliged to you for taking the time, and appreciating our sweet kid's voyage.

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