Daniel Fleetwood was diagnosed with a rare connective tissue cancer earlier this year. He was given two months to live in July, and had only one dying wish: He wanted to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
…But he didn’t think he’d make it to the premiere.
The passionate Star Wars fanatic could hardly bear the thought of passing away before he got to see the movie, so he sent a plea to Disney:
Social media-lites got behind the cause to help, and even Luke Skywalker himself (actor Mark Hamill) campaigned for Daniel via Twitter.
And The Force must be with Daniel, because he just received word that Disney would grant him a special screening of the movie before it’s released in December. Director J.J. Abrams himself called him to share the amazing news.
Hamill even shared his excitement with this heartfelt Tweet:
I just read this and am elated for Daniel & his family! Thanks to the powers-that-be for making his dream come true. https://t.co/ImiAdyBxf8
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 5, 2015
“To all our wonderful supporters, friends, family and awesome strangers: Daniels final dream was just granted!!!” his wife wrote on Facebook. “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!”
Today, his sweet wife reported with much sadness that the 32-year-old passed away. It was just 5 days after he got to see The Force Awakens. Daniel put up a valiant fight all the way to the end.
His wife Ashley posted this endearing message on Facebook.
We’re so happy to see his dream fulfilled right before he passed. This Star Wars super-fan will be missed by many, as his touching story has spread like wildfire over the web.
Support and heartfelt condolences are pouring in from strangers on social media who are mourning the loss of Daniel in true Star Wars fashion:
As stated by his loving wife, may Daniel now rest in peace with the assurance that God and with ‘The Force’ will forever be with him…