A terminally ill "Star Wars" fan died on Tuesday after seeing the iconic sci-fi franchise's latest film.
On Friday, cancer patient and avid "Star Wars" fan, Daniel Fleetwood, was granted his dying wish of seeing the newest movie in the series after an online campaign went viral. Thanks to the internet, the film's stars, Mark Hamil and John Boyega, made Fleetwood's wish come true, and the "Star Wars" director J.J. Abrams arranged a screening at Fleetwood's home on Friday.
"I want to thank ALL the amazing people who helped make this happen, thank you beyond words!!! May the force be with you all," Fleetwood's wife, Ashley, said.
Daniel Fleetwood, a 32-year-old Star Wars fan from Houston, Texas, is fighting a rare form of cancer called, spindle cell sarcoma. In July, doctors told him he had two months to live, but surprisingly he seems to be holding on to dear life until now.
However, chances of him living till Christmas to watch episode VII of the franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, are slim, so Fleetwod is asking film bosses to let him watch the movie before its release date. He has even gained the support of stars from the film who lent their voices to a Twitter campaign and tweeted with the hashtag #ForceForDaniel, to promote the idea.
Many others have also shown their support for the matter on Twitter:
I'm supporting Daniel Fleetwood's request to see Star Wars - The Force Awakens before he dies from a terminal illnesses #ForceForDaniel— Joe Markham (@Markham_Joe) November 3, 2015
What began with a Facebook post by a friend of Fleetwood’s wife has now been shared 300 times and gone viral over the internet.
Interestingly, this is not the first time Fleetwood has become popular for his love for Star Wars. When he was 21, a local newspaper covered the story of how he camped outside a cinema for days so that he could become the first one to get a ticket to Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. He also was the first person to get tickets to the first two movies.
In 2013, director J.J. Abrams granted a similar wish to film buff Daniel Craft, and showed him the rough cut for Star Trek Into Darkness, five months before its release. Craft died only days after watching the video. People are now hoping he will do the same for Fleetwood.