A Dying ‘Star Wars’ Fan Got to See ‘The Force Awakens’ Early
If you’ve been on the internet at all this week, then you likely know the story of 32-year-old Daniel Fleetwood, a Star Wars fan suffering from a terminal illness, whose one wish was to see The Force Awakens before he passes away. That wish came true thanks to the wonderful folks at Lucasfilm, who brought the film to Daniel’s house for a special private screening.
Daniel’s wife, Ashley, posted the happy news on Facebook, revealing that they received a call from J.J. Abrams himself yesterday to let them know that Daniel’s wish was coming true. Lucasfilm and Disney brought an unedited version (an extended cut, probably) of the movie to Daniel and Ashley’s house:
Daniel and Ashley had the support and well-wishes of several Star Wars actors, including Mark Hamill, John Boyega and Chewbacca himself, Peter Mayhew. Hamill took to Twitter to rejoice when he heard that Daniel was able to see The Force Awakens:
Daniel suffers from a rare connective tissue cancer called spindle cell sarcoma, and was given just two months to live back in July. In an interview with Click 2 Houston earlier this week, Daniel said, “Judging by how progressive the disease has gotten in the past two months, I don’t think I’ll be able to make it [to the movie],” adding “I just love Star Wars. With everything I got, I love Star Wars.”
Although Daniel’s wish came true, you can still donate to his GoFundMe account, where his wife Ashley has been raising money to cover the cost of medical bills.
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