Daniel Fleetwood, a terminally ill Star Wars fan had only one wish before his last breath—he wanted to see the newest Star Wars release, a request he realized after he saw the unedited version of the said all-time favorite film. Fleetwood acquired a rare form of cancer—spindle cell sarcoma. He was diagnosed with the disease last July and was given only two more months to live.
The said version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is yet to be officially released, so it was very difficult for Fleetwood’s request to be granted. So Twitter lent a hand to make his wish possible with the help of other netizens. A campaign called #ForceforDaniel was initiated to convince Lucasfilm; Disney; and director J.J. Abrams‘s production company, Bad Robot, to let Daniel see the new film franchise before its premier on December 18.
#ForceforDaniel gained a lot of support because of the countless retweets it amassed from Twitter users, including Mark Hamill and John Boyega. The former wrote on Twitter, “I just read this and am elated for Daniel & his family. Thanks to the powers-that-be for making his dream come true.”
Because of this, The Force Awakens was successfully shown at his house. Fleetwood even got a call from Adams himself before the special screening, his partner, Ashley, shared on Facebook.
Fleetwood isn’t the first one whose wish was granted by J.J. Abrams. In 2013, Star Wars fan Daniel Craft was also given the chance to see Star Wars: Into the Darkness before it was released in theaters. He died days after that.