Earlier this week, you've probably heard about Daniel Fleetwood, the terminally ill Star Wars fan who asked to see The Force Awakens before its release date. You can read about his story here.
Back in July, Daniel was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma, which is a rare form of tissue cancer, and he was only given a couple of months to live. Since then, Daniel has been worried that he might not make it until the The Force Awakens' release on December, which led him and his family to begin The Force For Daniel Campaign. Using the hashtag #Forcefordaniel, the campaign reached out to fans to help spread the word about Daniel's wish. After Star Wars actors like Mark Hamill, John Boyega, and Peter Mayhew expressed their support on the Force For Daniel campaign for the superfan to see the movie, Daniel finally got his wish.
Thankfully, just moments ago, Daniel's wife Ashley confirmed via Facebook that J.J. Abrams and his team made Daniel's dream come true; she wrote:
To all our wonderful supporters, friends, family and awesome strangers: Daniel's final dream was just granted!!! Today the wonderful Disney and Lucasfilms made his final dream come true, in the amazing typical Disney way, they really do make dreams come true! Daniel just finished watching an unedited version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!! We would like to thank the awesomely talented J.J. Abrams for calling us yesterday to tell us Daniel was getting his wish granted! 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 ?#forcefordaniel? !!!!
This is what makes the Star Wars fan community awesome. Hats off to J.J. Abrams and everyone who supported this campaign to make this happen.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released in theaters on Dec. 18.