Terminally Ill Star Wars Fan Gets A Private Force Awakens Screening
The Force is strong in Daniel Fleetwood.
The terminally ill Star Wars fan’s wish to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ahead of its Dec. 18 release date went viral this past week, inspiring others, including Star Wars legend Mark Hamill and franchise newcomers John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, to use the hashtag #ForceForDaniel on social media. Today, J.J. Abrams and Disney made the man’s dream come true with a private screening of the film.
Fleetwood, 32, watched an unedited version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the comfort of his Houston home, where he is currently receiving hospice care for spindle cell carcinoma. In a Facebook post published today, his wife Ashley thanked those involved for their generosity and support.
“We would like to thank the awesomely talented J.J. Abrams for calling us yesterday to tell us Danjel [sic] was getting his wish granted!” she wrote. “We also would like to thank Lynne, Ben and Anahuac for coming to our home and screening the movie for Daniel. Lastly I want to thank ALL the amazing people who helped make this happen, thank you beyond words!!! May the force be with you all.”
In 2012, Fleetwood was diagnosed with spindle cell carcinoma. After fighting this aggressive form of cancer for the past two years, he was given only two months to live this past September. A lifelong Star Wars fan, Fleetwood and his wife launched a Twitter campaign to get the attention of Disney.
Not only did they get thousands of supporters to tweet using the #ForceForDaniel hashtag, but Luke Skywalker himself also took notice of Fleetwood’s brave fight. Mark Hamill retweeted an earlier post in support of Fleetwood, and later tweeted how happy he was that the fan was able to see the movie.
I just read this and am elated for Daniel & his family! Thanks to the powers-that-be for making his dream come true. https://t.co/ImiAdyBxf8
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 5, 2015
For a Jedi like Fleetwood, that must have been the highest honuor.
May the Force be with you, Daniel.