Thousands of supporters – including Luke Skywalker – are retweeting the Star Wars hashtag #ForceForDaniel to help one special fan gain a sneak peek before the official December 18 premier date of the 7th installment of the legendary film series.
Daniel Fleetwood has been a Star Wars fan since he was eight years old, but he may not get to see the new film because of a rare form of cancer that doctors said in July would leave him with just months to live.
The campaign to allow the 32-year-old fan with spindle cell sarcoma to view a private screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is aimed at Walt Disney Studios – and it’s gaining traction.
Mark Hamill, the actor who plays Skywalker; John Boyega, who stars as Finn the ex-storm trooper; and Peter Mayhew, the one and only Chewbacca, have each announced their respective support for the campaign.
Daniel’s wife Ashley has been keeping Twitter updated with news and photos of her husband to encourage support from the internet community. Their GoFundMe page for Daniel’s medical bills is a quarter of the way to it’s $100,000 goal.
Even Yoda is wise enough to know that a special screening of a galaxy far away is Daniel’s destiny.
J.J. Abrams, the film’s director, allowed another fan with terminal cancer to see his earlier blockbuster, Star Trek Into Darkness, before it was released in 2013. The trekkie passed away only days after seeing the film, and Twitter fans hope he will help grant the same privilege to Daniel.
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