Dying Veteran’s Wish to See 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Comes True

With the help of local news stations, firefighters, and medics, the man's daughter was able to make his dream to see “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” a reality.


Ron Villamaire, an Air Force veteran suffering from stage four colon cancer and given weeks to live, had a dying wish to see “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” After the cancer had spread to his lungs, kidneys and bones, the self proclaimed Star Wars fanatic was taken to hospice care from which he was unable to leave.

Like any true "Star Wars" junkie, Villamaire has been a fan since “A New Hope” premiered in 1977 and has since seen every film and read every accompanying book.

With the latest installment of his favorite movie franchise premiering last Friday, Ron’s daughter, Elizabeth Ngo, took to Twitter to plead with her community to help her find a way to get her father to see “The Last Jedi.”




When asked about his desire to see the film Villamaire said, “Reading about it is going to be fantastic because I can picture details in my mind, but to see it… to see it, that would be the dream, that would be the ultimate dream.”

With Villamaire's cancer being as severe as it is, his ability to sit in a movie theater, even for two hours, is nearly impossible but his daughter was determined to find a way to make it work. After weeks of mass tweeting, contacting local news groups and celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Ngo received the news she’d been desperately waiting to hear; her father was going to be able to see the film.




Villamaire was greeted at his hospice care center by none other than the infamous Darth Vader, who told him he had been summoned by The Emperor to see the film.

Villamaire was then escorted by Storm Troopers to his awaiting transportation. Thanks to local fire departments and medics, he was taken by ambulance to the movie theater where a hospital bed was set up and waiting for him. Medics were on site throughout the two and a half hour movie to make sure the viewing went smoothly and comfortably for him.



Villamaire served in the United States Air Force for 24 years in addition to spending two years in Vietnam. Upon his arrival at the theater, he was greeted by Air Force representatives who thanked him for his service.

To top it all off, he got to watch the film with some of his favorite "Star Wars" characters including Rey, Kylo Ren, Ewoks, Luke Skywalker, and Darth Vader.

As for his opinion on the film, he says he loved it and it's his new favorite "Star Wars" movie. He's also overwhelmed by the help everyone gave and is incredibly thankful to all involved in making this special day happen.

May the force be with you Villamaire, always.

Banner / Thumbnail : Reuters, Hannah McKay 

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