A Dying Star Wars Fan Gets Early Screening Of The Rise Of Skywalker After Twitter Plea
Dreams came true for one Star Wars fan who was able to get a private screening of The Rise of Skywalker after a Twitter plea went viral from the hospice caring for him.
Tragically, the fan is unlikely to make it to the 19th December release date of the movie so Rowans Hospice in Hampshire, UK, wrote a message on behalf of the patient explaining that 'time is not on his side'.
Can you help? We have a patient who's a HUGE #StarWars fan. Sadly, time is not on his side for the 20th Dec. His wish is to see the final Star Wars film #RiseOfSkywalker with his young son. If you know ANYBODY who might be able to make it happen, please share with them. Thank you
- Rowans Hospice (@RowansHospice) November 26, 2019
Luckily the tweet was picked up by Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger and he helped facilitate an early screening of the film after asking for the 'necessary details' adding: "We will certainly try".
Days after the initial tweet was posted, a man from Disney turned up with a laptop to provide the goods and the patient was able to watch the film with his son in tow.
The hospice said that watching the movie was a 'final wish' of the patient who has put out a statement which says: "I just want to say the biggest thank you to everyone that has helped to make this happen.
"During what is just a horrible situation to be in, you have helped to make some wonderful memories and bring some joy to my family. I am a huge Star Wars fan and what I am going through is completely dire. Then to top it all, I thought I wasn't going to see the film I have been waiting to see since 1977!
"I still can't believe it. The only way I can describe this to you is to say that this must be what it feels like to be told you have won a million pounds!"
On this Thanksgiving, we at @Disney are grateful to be able to share #TheRiseOfSkywalker with a patient and his family @RowansHospice. May the force be with you and with us all!
- Robert Iger (@RobertIger) November 28, 2019
The patients wife added: "We are truly humbled by everyone's support. What has happened over the past few days has been truly mind-blowing. From a simple conversation, to witnessing the outpouring of generosity has been amazing.
"The massive Star Wars community has been incredible. The amazing people who have visited, along with the messages and gifts we have received have provided us with an opportunity to talk to our son more about the reality of his Dad's condition.
"Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this happen. We will be forever grateful for these wonderful memories."
Speaking on behalf of Rowans Hospice, Lisa Davies, Health Care Support Worker, who brought the patients wish to the attention of the rest of the staff at Rowans, said: "I am utterly speechless about what has happened. We cannot thank Disney enough for helping us to fulfil our patients wish, we totally appreciate that they have had to move mountains to make this happen!"
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@RowansHospice