It was Jacob Thompson’s sixth year in this world when his parents found out about his condition. He was diagnosed with neuroblastoma back in February 2014 and by then it had already reached stage 4.
Being a five-year-old kid, it was difficult for him to fight back but he did. Unfortunately, despite fighting back, his condition was deteriorating and it was time for Thompson to head back to the hospital.
According to Jacob’s parents, the doctors had decided to admit him to the hospital because he was consistently in pain even after starting his chemotherapy along with radiation. To keep the concerned people informed about him, Jacob’s parents have made an account on GoFundMe where people can also donate to him.
They further mentioned that Jacob’s hip showed multiple tumors and now it has become difficult for him to walk normally. Sadly, doctors are not hopeful about Thompson and according to them, he might pass even before Christmas.
Being aware of Thompson’s condition, the parents didn’t want him to leave the world before celebrating his last Christmas. The family has decided to celebrate Christmas a little early. They will decorate his room with the Christmas tree and snowflakes. They will also arrange a surprise visit from Santa Claus to make his day special.
According to Tara Artinyan, Jacob’s stepmother, the family wants everyone to live life like a penguin. By this, they mean just dive into it, value friends and family, and find warmth in them. These lessons have been extracted from Jacob’s favorite poem, “Advice from a Penguin”.
After knowing about Jacob, people started sending gifts and Christmas cards to him. Many people also shared the pictures of cards before sending them to him and its because of him the phrase, “live life like a penguin” is being used as a motivational quote by people on social media.
Jacob and his family celebrated Christmas in the first week of November. They also shared a picture of Thompson in which he was sitting on his bed with a broad smile while the room was filled with gifts and cards.
A lot of people who are finding out about Thompson’s story are still sending him cards. You can also send him one at Maine Medical Center. Here is the address that you should be sending it to:
C/O Maine Medical Center
22 Bramhall Street