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Iowa boy's courageous fight with rare cancer inspires random acts of kindness

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An 8-year-old Manchester boy died this week of a rare cancer, but family members hope Jacob Flesher's courageous fight against a rare kidney cancer inspires people to do random acts of kindness.

Jacob's story reached thousands of people through social media after family members began a Facebook page called "Jacob's Ladder."

Through the Facebook page, Jacob's story spread across the country.

A status update posted on Monday read: "Jacob has gone Home. He passed, peacefully, in his sleep last night Arrangements are pending, information will be posted later. Thank you all for your love, prayers, and support. Please continue to pray for us as the coming day, weeks and years are going to be painful without him."

Now, in the midst of saying goodbye to their little boy, family members are challenging others to perform good deeds in his memory.

"To lose Jacob and to imagine a world without Jacob...it's like unimaginable to have a world without Jacob, and so I thought maybe we can use his death to make the world a better place," said Jacob's grandmother Mary Kenyon.

Kenyon said small cards have been made for people to leave after they do a good deed, explaining the inspiration behind the random act of kindness.

"I am just in awe of this little boy," said Kenyon, who added the random act of kindness could be something simple like paying for someone's food or leaving a gift certificate on a windshield.

Kenyon said to know her grandson's memory will live on helps her entire family get through this difficult time.

Visitation for Jacob is scheduled for Wednesday at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville from 2 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services are planned for Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Manchester, with burial at St. Mary's cemetery following the service.

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