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Internet teams up to grant 'Star Wars' fan's dream

Internet teams up to grant 'Star Wars' fan's dream
COURTESY OF STAR WARS

You know people who love "Star Wars" are some of the most devoted fans out there. Case in point is the upcoming seventh movie in the franchise, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

It doesn't open until Dec. 18, but tickets are already selling out. For a lot of people, getting to see it as soon as possible is fun, or nostalgic. But there's one heartbreaking case where a fan's longing to see it was desperate, until "Star Wars" director J.J. Abrams stepped in.

Texan Daniel Fleetwood, 32, doesn't have long to live. He's suffering from a terminal illness, connective tissue cancer. In July, his doctors gave him only two months to live. On Monday, they found that the tumors taking his life are now covering his lungs.

His dying wish, and that of his wife, Ashley, was to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Fleetwood may not live long enough to see it in theaters next month.

In an attempt to convince "Star Wars" studio Disney to let Daniel see the movie, Ashley set up the hashtag #ForceForDaniel to get the word out. (See below.) Thousands of people supported him by using the hashtag, including "Star Wars" actor Mark Hamill.

J.J. Abrams got wind of their request, and sent Daniel an unedited version of the movie.

Daniel Fleetwood

Next page: #ForceForDaniel goes viral
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