Community brings early Christmas to boy dying of brain cancer

November 10, 2017 12:54 PM

Jacob Thompson, 9, has brain cancer and doctors don't think he will live until Christmas.

Thanks to the efforts of dozens of law enforcement officers from around New England and thousands of people from around the world, Jacob and his family are celebrating Christmas a little early.

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Their simple request for people to mail Jacob Christmas cards went viral. More than 10,000 cards arrive at Maine Medical Center each day.

It especially touched a Homeland Security agent in Boston. When he heard Jacob's two favorite things are penguins and police officers, he put out a call across New England to collect cards for Jacob.

Officers started in Stoughton, Mass., then gathered in Portsmouth, N.H.

Local, state, and federal officers met in Portland, Maine, dropping off penguin and police-themed gifts. Then, they hit the road again.

With sirens, flashing lights, and Christmas carols, Jacob stood by his hospital window watching.

Whether it's cards coming in from around the world -- or officers showing up to his hospital -- thousands are coming together to make Jacob's last Christmas his best.

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