Two years ago, Star Wars super fan Daniel Fleetwood was diagnosed with an aggressive type of cancer called spindle cell sarcoma. Earlier this year on September 1st, Daniel was told by doctors that he had just two months to live and so Daniel is now campaigning for Walt Disney to allow him to watch the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens ahead of its December 18th release.
“Judging by how progressive the disease has gotten in the past two months, I really don’t think that I’ll be able to make it,” Daniel told local news station KPRC2.
Over the past two years, Daniel’s treatment has come at a very expensive cost, “Due to the type of cancer and aggressive treatment needed to treat Daniel, we can no longer have kids naturally and must now go through fertilization treatments and alternative methods if we want kids,” Daniel’s wife Ashley wrote on their GoFundMe page, “We are a young married couple and do not have children yet, but wanted a family. Now we just want Daniel to have a good quality of life.” And part of that dream includes seeing The Force Awakens.
“Even if it’s just a movie,” Ashley told KPRC2, “That’s magic for a lot of people.”
— Ashley Fleetwood (@pandorashley) October 29, 2015
Star Wars fans have come out in full support of Daniel on social media, including some very high profile figures. Star Wars actors Mark Hamill and John Boyega both retweeted a post to help spread the word about the campaign and Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew retweeted a different post using the #ForceForDaniel hashtag.
In 2013, The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams granted a similar wish to terminally ill Star Trek fan Daniel Craft, allowing him to see Star Trek Into Darkness before it was released. Craft passed away just days after seeing the film.
You can help support Daniel Fleetwood and his family by donating to his GoFundMe page.
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