Terminally Ill Star Wars Fan Gets His Dying Wish Granted to See The Force Awakens
"His final dream come true, Daniel just finished watching an unfinished version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!!" wife Ashley wrote on Facebook.
Daniel Fleetwood spoke to PEOPLE earlier this week about his dying wish to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens before the Dec. 18 release date. Now, his wish has been granted, even getting a phone call from director J.J. Abrams.
“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!!!” Fleetwood’s wife Ashley announced on Facebook on Thursday.
“We would like to thank the awesomely talented JJ Abrams for calling us yesterday to tell us Daniel was getting his wish granted!”
Daniel, a native of Houston, Texas, was granted an early screening of the highly-anticipated installment after he campaigned to see the sci-fi film as his final wish.
In 2012, Daniel was diagnosed with spindle cell carcinoma, a type of cancer that begins in the skin or in tissues that line or cover internal organs, according to the Mayo Clinic.
On Monday, he found out that 90 percent of his lungs are filled with tumors, and on Tuesday, he beat his doctor’s prognosis giving him just two months to live.
“If I got to see the movie, I might actually die from happiness,” he told PEOPLE on Tuesday. “Growing up, I would watch the movies over and over and analyze every little detail. I hope I get to see what happens.”
As part of his quest, Fleetwood started a Twitter campaign using the hashtag #ForceForDaniel with Ashley, his college sweetheart and wife of five years.
Daniel has been a fan of Star Wars since 8 years old when his father first showed him the original movies.
#ForceForDaniel quickly went viral, trending on Twitter and also catching the attention of two of the film’s biggest stars, Mark Hamill, who famously plays Luke Skywalker and John Boyega, who plays Finn.
The actors both retweeted a local news story with the campaign’s hashtag.
“However strong I am in this situation, Ashley is even stronger because she chose to be in this situation,” Daniel said. “She stuck by my side when it really mattered and that’s amazing in itself.”
Currently, there is a fundraising campaign to help with Daniels’s steep medical costs.