Terminally ill Star Wars Fan Gets to See The Force Awakens
In July, Star Wars fan Daniel Fleetwood was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma and given two months to live. With Daniel worried that he wouldn’t live long enough to see The Force Awakens in theaters, his friends and family took to social media, using the #forcefordaniel hashtag to see if they could arrange for him to see the movie early. Soon, Mark Hamill, John Boyega, and Peter Mayhew had joined the cause. Now, Daniel’s wife, Ashley has taken to Facebook to reveal that director J.J. Abrams came through and arranged a screening:
To all our wonderful supporters, friends, family and awesome strangers: Daniel’s final dream was just granted!!! Today the wonderful Disney and Lucasfilms made his final dream come true, in the amazing typical Disney way, they really do make dreams come true! Daniel just finished watching an unedited version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!! We would like to thank the awesomely talented J.J. Abrams for calling us yesterday to tell us Daniel was getting his wish granted! We also would like to thank Lynne, Ben and Anahuac for coming to our home and screening the movie for Daniel. Lastly I want to thank ALL the amazing people who helped make this happen, thank you beyond words!!! May the force be with you all ?#forcefordaniel !!!!
This isn’t the first time Abrams has helped grant a dying wish. In 2012, he arranged an early screening of Star Trek Into Darkness for a terminally ill Star Trek fan. No matter how the finished film turns out, this was an amazing thing for Abrams, Lucasfilm, and Disney to do.