Boy, 9, Battling Terminal Cancer Will Celebrate His Last Christmas Early

Jacob Thompson has been fighting stage 4 neuroblastoma since February 2014.

November may be too early to celebrate Christmas for most families, but it's a must for a 9-year-old boy with terminal cancer whose time is running out.

Jacob Thompson, of Saco, Maine, has been fighting stage 4 neuroblastoma since February 2014.

Despite having made it so far, doctors delivered the heart-wrenching news to his family that Jacob likely won't make it to Dec. 25.

“He is terminal and we were told about a month ago to stop making plans because of the situation he’s in,” his dad Roger Guay told “He’s in so much pain and nothing’s really helping him.”

When Guay told his son they would celebrate an early Christmas next weekend, Jacob lit up.

“The look on his face,” Guay said. “His smile and his signature nose scrunch that we all love when he gets something that he likes and enjoys.”

The family plans to decorate his hospital room with Christmas lights and help Jacob string lights and ornaments on a Christmas tree.

Although Santa and Mrs. Claus are still typically off duty at this time, they will be making a special trip to visit Jacob.

“They’re bringing a present,” Guay said. “I hope they bring some snow too.”

And, the family will open the hundreds of holiday cards Jacob has received from all over the world.

“We can’t wait,” Guay said. “Just to see the smile on Jacob’s face and his face light up and give us his little nose scrunch.”

To support Jacob’s family with medical bills and funeral expenses, visit their GoFundMe page.