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Terminally Ill Star Wars Fan Gets Wish to See 'The Force Awakens'



    A terminally ill cancer patient has been a "Star Wars" fan from the time he was 8 or 9 years old. Now, his dying wish to see the new installment before he passes away is going viral. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015)

    A terminally ill Star Wars fan got his wish fulfilled.

    Daniel Fleetwood’s wife Ashley confirmed on Thursday that his dream to see the upcoming Star Wars film, “The Force Awakens” was granted.

    “Today the wonderful Disney, Bad Robot and Lucasfilm teams made his final dream come true, Daniel just finished watching an unfinished version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!!” she said on Facebook.


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    Posted by Ashley Fleetwood on Thursday, November 5, 2015

    Daniel Fleetwood, 32, of Spring, Texas, was diagnosed two years ago with a rare connective tissue cancer called spindle cell sarcoma. On Sept. 2, doctors gave him two months to live.

    Ashley shared a photo of her husband on Twitter with the caption, "#forcefordaniel help my man get his last wish, to see a screening of Star Wars before cancer takes him. @bad_robot."

    It caught the attention of the film’s director, J.J. Abrams.

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    "We would like to thank the awesomely talented JJ 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 smile emoticon #forcefordaniel !!!!"

    The screening took place at Daniel's home, but he can't say anything about the movie. But Ashley told Entertainment Tonight, "It was an amazing experience!" 

    Actor Marc Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, also tweeted about the screening.

    The film opens on Dec. 18.

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