Last week, the news broke about the final wish for Daniel Fleetwood of Spring, Texas. The 32-year-old Star Wars superfan was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer called spindle cell sarcoma. Doctors don’t expect him to make it until Christmas, when Disney plans on releasing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fleetwood is about as big of a Star Wars fan as it gets. Via Telegraph:
Fleetwood has been a Star Wars fan since he was eight. When he was 21 his local newspaper ran a story about how he camped outside his cinema for days in order to be the first person to get a ticket to Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. He had been the first person to get tickets for the previous two movies.
Now in hospice home care, Fleetwood’s dying wish was to see the new Star Wars before he checks out. He even told his local news station that the hope of watching it is what keeps him motivated to stay alive. This caused Twitter and Facebook to explode with #ForceForDaniel, encouraging Disney to give him an advanced screening.
A dying man’s wish to see #StarWars The Force Awakens Help spread the word : #ForceForDaniel https://t.co/0tA3ET3DdH pic.twitter.com/zbWM7VhvGK
— Nerd Fu (@TheNerdFu) October 30, 2015
Today he got his wish. According to TMZ, Disney studio execs showed up at his home to let him watch an unedited version of the new Star Wars. Via:
Daniel’s wife, Ashley, tells us he loved the movie. She can’t say much more because she had to sign a confidentiality agreement. She says they watched on their own TV, but it was played from Disney’s equipment — gotta make sure the flick doesn’t get jacked.
Abrams put in a phone call to Daniel before they rolled the movie, which Ashley says really made Daniel’s day.
That’s such a Bro move by Disney. Also such a bro move by J.J. Abrams. That’s the real power of The Force, IRL.
Fuck cancer. Fuck cancer so much.
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