Jacob "TEN20" Thompson has gone from diagnosis to destiny. His childhood dream was to be a professional athlete. He would tell you that, sometimes, our dreams for our lives need to die before we can live the true dreams and purpose that we were created for. He wouldn't only say this; he lives it every day.
In his late teens, Jacob started having trouble performing athletically at a high level. Throughout college and after graduation he had not been feeling right physically for a long time and finally decided to see a doctor. After a series of tests he was diagnosed with a rare, genetic condition known as Friedreich's Ataxia (FA). FA causes progressive damage to the cerebral cortex, causing difficulties in balance, coordination, and energy production, leading patients into a wheelchair and a shortened life expectancy.
This diagnosis was an opportunity for Jacob to give up on his life and his faith. Instead, he chooses daily to make the most out of his situation. He uses his story and his art as a way to inspire others, helping them persevere through their challenges and find their purpose. He has spoken and shared his art for over 10,000 people and counting, and is now in the process of publishing his first book.
Aside from speaking, spoken word poetry, and music, Jacob, better known as JT, runs a high school mentoring program in Minneapolis and coaches football and basketball. He has a Master's degree from Bethel Seminary, is married to his beautiful wife, Abigail Thompson, and together they are raising their sons, Titus and Griffin.
Matthew 10:20 - "For it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of the Father speaking through you."
Spoken / Performed at:
National Institute of Health
Mounds View High School
Lakeville High School
Eagan High School
One Rare Conference
World Orphan Drug Congress
Legacy High School
The Rare Fair
Campus Faith Clubs
Youth for Christ
Young Life Camp
Woodland Hills Church
Oak Hills Church
Opened for major artists Dee-1 and Datin
Covered in an article by the NIH
Winner of NCATS 2020 Rare Disease Awareness Creative Contest as seen on the National Institute of Health
Interviewed on the Because We Are Strong Podcast
Seen on The Rare Fair
Seen on Love What Matters
Seen on Trackstarz.com
Seen on Hope For Ataxia
Winner of Rap Remnant 2019 Summer Rap Contest as seen on Rap Remnant
Seen on CHH Hits Just as Hard