Jacob Thompson is celebrating Christmas early because this year's holiday will likely be his last one. The Maine 9-year-old, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age 5, was told in early October the cancer would likely take his life in a month. But his request for his final Christmas is simple: He wants cards. "He got some cards from this Halloween, and he opened up and saw them and it was like getting a gift. He read it to us and had a big smile on his face and his nose scrunched," Jacob's dad tells CNN. "He was excited to see what people had to say and it just brightened his day." Now the family is asking for people everywhere to send their son holiday cards.
Jacob's early Christmas celebration will take place this weekend, WCSH reports, and will also include snow, a decorated tree, and a visit from Santa Claus. He's already received thousands of cards, including one from Antarctica—particularly exciting because Jacob loves penguins. For those looking for ideas of what type of card Jacob might like, he also loves Minecraft, Legos, Star Wars, photography, singing, and comedy. Anyone who wants to send more can send iTunes gift cards to help Jacob play SimCity, his dad says. Any toys sent to him will be shared with the other children at Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center. A GoFundMe campaign is raising money for Jacob's eventual funeral expenses. CNN has the address where cards to Jacob can be mailed. (Read more cancer stories.)