Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Terminally Ill Star Wars Fan Gets His Dying Wish Granted to See The Force Awakens


Daniel Fleetwood has spoken to PEOPLE earlier in the month about his dying wish to watch the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens before its release date on December 18th. And just like that, his wish was granted, complete with a phone call from director J.J. Abrams.

"Today the wonderful Disney, Bad Robot and Lucasfilm teams made his final dream come true, Daniel just finished watching an unfinished version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!!" Fleetwood's wife Ashley announced on Facebook on Thursday.

"We would like to thank the awesomely talented JJ Abrams for calling us yesterday to tell us Daniel was getting his wish granted!"

Daniel is a native of Houston, Texas and he was given an early access pass to the screening of the most-anticipated installment after he campaigned to watch the sci-fi film as his final wish.

Back in 2012, Daniel was diagnosed with spindle cell carcinoma, which is a type of cancer that begins in the skin or in the tissues that line/cover the internal organs in the body, according to the Mayo Clinic.

On the previous Monday, he was given news that 90 percent of his lungs are full of tumors, and on last Tuesday, he beat out the doctor’s prognosis when they gave him only two months to live.

"If I got to see the movie, I might actually die from happiness," he told PEOPLE on Tuesday. "Growing up, I would watch the movies over and over and analyze every little detail. I hope I get to see what happens."

For part of his quest, Fleetwood started up a Twitter campaign and uses the hashtag #ForceForDaniel with Ashley, who is his college sweetheart and wife of five years.

Daniel started his obsession and love of Star Wars since he was 8 years old, when his father let him watch the original films.

#ForceForDaniel went viral quickly on Twitter, and it caught the attention of the two film’s largest stars, Mark Hamill, who stars as Luke Skywalker and John Boyega, who plays Finn. Both of these actors retweeted a local news story with the campaign’s hashtag.

"However strong I am in this situation, Ashley is even stronger because she chose to be in this situation," Daniel said. "She stuck by my side when it really mattered and that's amazing in itself."

There is currently a fundraiser going on to help pay for Daniel’s high medical costs.


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