A Dying Wish

Recently, a man named Daniel Fleetwood found out that he had terminal lung cancer, giving him only two months to live. Daniel was an avid Star Wars fan, the guy you would see dressed up as Yoda at comic con. He was devastated when he realized he likely wouldn't live to see The Force Awakens. A hashtag was started called #ForceforDaniel and was retweeted by stars of the movie Mark Hamill and John Boyega, and eventually it reached the film's director J.J. Abrams. A few days later, Abrams called Daniel and his wife and gave him the news that he would allow him to see The Force Awakens early. On November 5th, he became the first person to see The Force Awakens. His wife posted on Facebook, "To all our wonderful supporters, friends, family and awesome strangers: Daniels final dream was just granted!!!" A few days later, Daniel passed away in his sleep, with his final wish granted. While this is a sad story, it is also an inspiring one that helps to break down the evil corporation stereotype of most Hollywood movie directors, as well as show how much Star Wars has baked itself into our culture. Director J.J. Abrams also gave an early screening of Star Trek: Into Darkness to a dying fan in 2013.

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