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The Force was strong for Daniel Fleetwood. The Star Wars fan with terminal cancer wanted to see the latest sequel in the movie series before it went public in December–and his wish was granted last night. He and his wife were treated to a private screening of the unfinished movie.

“Daniel just finished watching an unfinished version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!!” his wife, Ashley, wrote on her Facebook page late Thursday. “We would like to thank the awesomely talented JJ Abrams for calling us yesterday to tell us Daniel was getting his wish granted!”

The 32-year-old Texas man whose house is packed with Star Wars memorabilia isn’t expected to survive until the film’s opening date of December 18.

Ashley started a social media campaign, #ForceForDavid, asking studio heads to let him see the movie early. It drew national attention — members of the cast even joined the calls for an early showing.

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Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the movies, tweeted his approval.

“I just read this and am elated for Daniel & his family!”

Photo by Ashley Fleetwood, Facebook

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