Every once in a while, it's nice to be reminded of what happens when super-fans come together and do something great for another person. Recently, Star Wars fans everywhere rejoiced when 32-year-old Daniel Fleetwood, a longtime fan diagnosed with terminal cancer, was given the chance to see an early edit of [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158). After Daniel's wife Ashley posted about his diagnosis (a connective tissue cancer called Spindle Cell Sarcoma), fans across the world reached out by the thousands to Lucasfilm, Disney, and Bad Robot. The movement ("Force for Daniel") gained the attention of cast members including Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, John Boyega, and Daisy Ridley, who spread the word until Daniel's wish was finally granted.
Now, members of the 501st Legion's Star Garrison are sharing their stories from their day with Daniel, who was made an honorary member of the 501st during their visit. One standout moment from this is the reports of J.J. Abrams and cast members like Peter Mayhew staying in contact with Daniel, and checking in to see how he's doing. A Garrison member by the Reddit username of Rogue3StandingBy explained:
They said JJ [Abrams] has called the house several times just checking on him, as well as a few other awesome folks like /u/PeterMayhew.
He shared the details of his visit with photos:
The guys were trying to suit up, and Daniel's family had to work hard to keep him from taking an early peek.
I had the honor of presenting Daniel with a full-metal Han Solo DL-44 blaster, which was sent to us by one of our Garrison mates from another city.
Boba Fett in prototype armor was on hand with a Tusken Raider.
What I do know is that he was genuinely blown away by the movie. To be honest he's on a lot of drugs, but he kept telling us that it's great, and he loved how it felt true to the original trilogy.
Fleetwood is currently in hospice care at home with his wife.