ByCatrina Dennis, writer at
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Catrina Dennis

It's not every day that my faith in humanity is restored on such a massive scale, but this particular situation is close to my heart. Back in July, long-time Star Wars fan Daniel Fleetwood found out that he might not live long enough to see the long-awaited seventh installment of the film saga, [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158). Daniel, 32, has spindle cell sarcoma, a rare form of connective tissue cancer. He was given only two months to live, but has fought long and hard in an effort to see the film before anything else happens.

When the Star Wars fandom discovered Daniel's nightmare situation, they rallied like the Rebel forces (though, to their credit, the 501st Legion totally helped) in an effort to contact Lucasfilm, Bad Robot, and the entire cast of Star Wars to plead Daniel's case.

Writer Alejandro Cabrera with Daniel and Ashley
Writer Alejandro Cabrera with Daniel and Ashley

Moviepilot, CNN, NBC, Yahoo, and several other outlets picked up and circulated the story on a national scale. The race against the clock resulted in a huge campaign, with support from every cast member that just happened to have a social media account.

From the likes of Mark Hamill, to John Boyega, to Carrie Fisher and Daisy Ridley, it seems as though the entire galaxy got behind Daniel in a moving, emotional display of support.

Now, all of those efforts have been rewarded. In a public facebook post today, Daniel's wife Ashley announced that he has officially watched The Force Awakens.

This is what happens when fandoms stop bickering and start doing right -- and for what it's worth, the Star Wars fandom is pretty well known for doing good in the darkest of times. Congratulations to Daniel -- you're the strongest dude in the galaxy. We hope you loved the movie, and from all of us here at Moviepilot: May the Force be with you, always.

Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens releases on December 18.


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