Local terminal cancer patient's dying Star Wars wish goes viral

By Keith Garvin - Anchor/Reporter

SPRING, Texas - A terminally ill cancer patient has been a "Star Wars" fan from the time he was 8 or 9 years old and now his dying wish to see the new installment is going viral.

Some 12 years ago Daniel Fleetwood was even the subject of an article in his hometown newspaper for camping out for tickets.

His greatest hope now is also his dying wish: to see the latest installment of the movie before he passes away.

"Judging by how progressive the disease has gotten in the past two months," Daniel says, "I really don't think that I'll be able to make it.

"The Force Awakens" is scheduled for nationwide release on Dec. 18.

Back in July Daniel's oncologist gave him only two months to live from a rare form of connective tissue cancer called spindle cell sarcoma. By that count Daniel should've already passed away but believes he's hanging on to see the movie.

"I just love Star Wars," he says. "With everything I got I love Star Wars.

Daniel is in hospice care at home now, spending as much time as possible with his wife Ashley and hoping beyond all hope to see the Star Wars film before time runs out.

"It's a commitment and he still has that commitment, that drive, and that love and I think that it's a beautiful thing," says Ashley. "Even if it's just a movie. That's magic for a lot of people."
Daniel is hoping the makers of the movie, Walt Disney Studios will allow him to see the final version of the movie even if it's a screening supervised by studio executives.

"I really don't think that I'm gonna make it," Daniel says. "Please do what you can. Help me."

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