Earlier this year, the story of Daniel Fleetwood made its way across the Internet and banded together people far and wide with the hashtag #ForceForDaniel to help the terminally ill Star Wars fan watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
With the support from Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Peter Mayhew and Warwick Davis, J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm granted his dying wish and screened an unfinished cut of the film a month before its release date and a week before his death.
Daniel Fleetwood may have passed away and become one with the Force, but the kindness of those who helped make the Star Wars franchise possible lives on. Recently, Fleetwood's widow Ashley was invited to visit Peter Mayhew, who famously played Chewbacca, and his wife at their home in Texas.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Ashley Fleetwood described how the event came to be and expressed her immense gratitude for allowing her family to visit their Chewie Room.
The Mayhews were so kind and gracious. When Daniel was sick, they actually Skyped him. It was so sweet and amazing. They invited us to visit, but he was unable to travel. After he passed, they extended the invitation again. So I asked if, for my dads 60th birthday, if we could maybe visit. They said 'yes' and were so welcoming.
The feelings of appreciation were clearly mutual as Peter and Angie Mayhew also posted about their visit to their Facebook page.
In addition to obliterating box office records, it's wonderful to know that Star Wars is also making headlines for the good it does for the world. Stories like this warm my heart more than sleeping in the innards of a Tauntaun on a cold night on Hoth.