Whether you’ve seen the hashtags on Twitter, read the article on Nerdist, or seen the video above, you’ve probably heard about Daniel Fleetwood, a Star Wars megafan who has a dying wish to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens early before he succumbs to spindle cell sarcoma.
What in the world is spindle cell sarcoma? The medical dictionary defines it as “a malignant neoplasm of mesenchymal origin composed of elongated, spindle-shaped cells.” In non-doctor terminology, its a form of cancer when the malignant connective tissue cells (AKA the cells that help patch us up when we’re hurt or injured) grow quickly and in high numbers. This can occur in the joints, bones, or even the lungs, kidney, or liver. It is difficult to diagnose in early stages, as common symptoms include malaise and fatigue, along with other symptoms, depending on the progression of the cancer.
The young man has been given 2 months to live and has used social media to try to reach out to Lucasfilm and J.J. Abrams, hoping they would consider screening the film early for him before he passes.
Have any of you tweeted or signal boosted this fan’s plea?
EDIT 11/5: Great job to everyone who tweeted and supported Daniel! His wish was granted and he was able to see an unedited version of the film in the comfort of his home. Jedi, this one is! (Little Yoda attempt there!)