Once you're in the Star Wars fan, you're always a Star Wars fan. And Star Wars fans treat each other like family.
When uber-fan Daniel Fleetwood expressed his desire to see The Force Awakens before sadly passing from terminal cancer, J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm, and Disney - along with The Force Awakens cast - granted his wish.
Star Wars isn't the only franchise performing good deeds! Thankfully so many more understand what it means to truly give back to the devoted fans.
1. Marvel Helps a 'Captain America' Fan
Nine-year-old Kenny Botting is a darling young boy who is unfortunately suffering from a brain tumor. He always dreamed of meeting his idol, Captain America.
Chris Evans came to the rescue, appearing at Christopher's Haven in Boston with signed autographs and toys to play with. The two even made a fort together. Evans then attended a fundraiser for Christopher's Haven to raise money for children with cancer and their families.
[Source: Daily Mail]
2. J.K. Rowling Gives a 'Harry Potter' Fanatic Her Dying Wish
J.K. Rowling secretly donated £75,000 ($114k) to a cancer fund after spending time with a HP fan named Catie Hoch who was sadly diagnosed with a cancerous kidney tumor at the age of six.
Hoch turned to the Harry Potter books to escape into a world of magic. The cancer began to spread to her liver, lungs, and spine at the tender age of nine. When she only had days to live, Rowling called her and read her the unfinished manuscript of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Hoch may have passed away, but not in vain; after a charity in Catie's name was set up, Rowling donated a hefty amount. Rowling is an author that truly cares about helping her devoted fans.
[Source: Daily Mail]
3. Star Trek Fan Hopes to Watch 'Into Darkness'
Dan Craft was a huge Star Trek fan and wanted to see Into Darkness, but since he was terminally ill, he wasn't sure if he could make it for five more months, until the film's official release.
J.J. Abrams made sure to get him access to an advanced screening of an early cut. Sadly, the 42-year-old lost his fight with cancer. As he lay dying with his wife and brother by his side, he proclaimed:
Im going into the future."
I may be wiping away tears, but Abrams is a good man for making a dying man's final wishes come true.
4. Marvel at It Again with a Father Battling Prostate Cancer
Stratford Caldecott was diagnosed with prostate cancer and only had about twelve weeks left to live. HIs daughter Sophie contacted Marvel with the hopes of getting an advanced DVD copy of Captain America: The Winter Soldier for her father to watch before his passing.
Actors of The Avengers and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. took to their Twitters and Instagrams to show their support for Stratford with the hashtage #CapForStrat. Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, and more joined in on the social media buzz.
Not only was Stratford able to watch the film at his home, he also helped promote awareness about prostate cancer.
[Source: Huffington Post]
We are fans for a reason and it does seem to extend past solely liking the characters, the magic, the duels, and such; we become a family that not only understands each other, but helps each other in times of great need.