Terminally ill Star Wars fan has wish granted to see The Force Awakens early

Daniel Fleetwood, a lifelong Star Wars fan, was given only two months to live, meaning he would never get to see the new Star Wars film.

Force for Daniel

You may have seen the #ForceForDaniel campaign that has been sweeping the web over the last week – we’re pleased to say that Daniel has been granted his wish!

For those who haven’t encountered the story before, Daniel Fleetwood, a dedicated Star Wars fan has been anxiously awaiting the release of Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Sadly, Daniel was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma, a rare form of connective tissue cancer in July and given only two months to live.

Since his diagnosis, Daniel’s greatest wish was to the new Star Wars film before he died, but he was fearful he would not make it. He and his family launched the “Force For Daniel” campaign with the intention of trying to get Daniel to see the film early.

Initially, Daniel’s wife Ashley posted to Facebook with this request:

ForceForDaniel initial Facebook post

With the backing of Star Wars fans and the /r/starwars community on Reddit, the request was shared tens of thousands of times, gathering local and then international exposure in the media.

The petition was backed by actors Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew and John Boyega on Twitter and finally reached the ears of Disney, Lucasfilms and Bad Robot.

We are delighted to report that today, Ashley confirmed that Daniel’s wish has been granted. He got to watch the new Star Wars!

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 !!!!