Thousands of strangers gave a sick 9-year-old an early Christmas. He died days after celebrating.

Jacob Thompson spent nearly half of his short life battling cancer. The 9-year-old boy, who loved penguins, died Sunday, four years after he was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that affects mostly young children. As his family had expected, Thompson didn’t live long enough to celebrate Christmas, a holiday he loves. But before his death,…

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