A sick 9-year-old boy from Portland might not live long enough to celebrate Christmas, so strangers from all over the world have decided to bring Christmas earlier to him. They started sending him Christmas cards, so that the boy shouldn’t feel any different from other children, and give him a chance to celebrate his favorite holiday.
Neuroblastoma, a rare disease which affects mostly children
Jacob Thompson has been diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma, a form of cancer which occurs rarely, but usually affects children. In February 2014, the boy found out he was in stage 4, so his chances of survival were scarce. The disease affected his nerve cells, and likely developed during the fetal period.
US neuroblastoma patients aged between 1 and 14 usually have a 68 percent chances of surviving five years after the diagnose. If they receive stem cell transplants, their condition can improve. Unfortunately, Jacob didn’t get better. The tumors spread all over the skull, reaching the sinuses and the membrane of the brain.
Strangers sent Jacob Christmas cards to help him celebrate the holiday earlier
Other tumors eventually reached his hip, and he can no longer walk. Therefore, on October 11th, he was brought to the hospital, where he might live his last moment of life. His parents have already started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for his funeral.
This is why Jacob’s family wanted to give him the chance to celebrate the holidays for the last time. At the beginning of this month, the entire family had the classical Thanksgiving dinner. However, Christmas was Jacob’s favorite holiday, so they really wanted to make something special for him.
Hundreds of other strangers joined in, as they sent Jacob Christmas cards to make him feel the holiday is really here. His room will be decorated with plenty of tree lights and Christmas decorations, and even Santa Claus will get there. His parents are devastated, but they are trying to do everything they can to make their son’s last days the happiest he has ever lived.
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