Cancer sucks…there’s just no better way of putting it. Most people have been, or know of others who have been affected by the aggressive disease that is expected to kill more than 564,800 people before year’s end. I personally have been affected by cancer, losing my 30 year old brother to Osteosarcoma that spread from a tiny spot in his shin, to his lungs, and then finally to his brain. One thing my brother and I shared, during his long eight year battle with cancer, was our love of movies, such as the Star Wars Prequels (which were coming out then) and then later, the Lord of the Rings trilogy…which is why Daniel Fleetwood’s story hit so close to home.
I first came across Daniel’s story on the Star Wars Reddit page, where the outpouring of support for a complete stranger — but a stranger who is a Star Wars fan — is quite overwhelming. Daniel is a huge Star Wars fan, so much a fan, in fact, that his local paper did an article about him camping out to watch Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Now, Daniel’s story has gone viral, with World News running a story, interviewing him and his wife in their home, where Daniel is receiving his in-home hospice care.
Now it’s all about getting to J.J. Abrams and the folks with the decision making powers at Disney/Lucasfilm. Whether it’s delivering Daniel a personal dvd and supervising his screening of the version of the film J.J. currently has, or whether it’s flying Daniel and his wife to Skywalker Ranch (I know that The Force Awakens wouldn’t be at Skywalker Ranch…but you get it) like in Fanboys, then Disney needs to make this happen.
Reddit and Facebook has been the driving Force for Daniel’s cause, getting Mark Hamill to retweet several campaign tweets in support for Daniel:
Even John Boyega has gotten in on the support, and retweeted support for Daniel. Ashley Fleetwood — Daniel’s wife — has been championing his cause through her Facebook page and anywhere else she can find to make her voice heard…which is amazing in its own right. So, if you’re reading this and want to help Daniel, the best thing to do is use the hashtag ForceForDaniel and tweet:
“I just love Star Wars. With everything I got I love Star Wars.”
We stand with Daniel, and sincerely hope that J.J. Abrams and Disney/Lucasfilm can come through and fulfill this Star Wars fan’s dying wish to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens.