Terminally ill Star Wars Superfan gets special advanced screening of ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ with his son

Terminally ill Star Wars Superfan gets special advanced screening of ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ with his son

Terminally ill Star Wars Superfan gets special advanced screening of 'The Rise of Skywalker' with his son.
Terminally ill Star Wars Superfan gets special advanced screening of ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ with his son. Courtesy of Rowans Hospice.

May the force be with you!

The force was definitely with a terminally ill man and his family who only wanted to see the new Star Wars movie before they physically parted ways.

Time was of the essence as a hospice center in England managed to secure a special advance screening of “The Rise of Skywalker” for one of its patients – a terminally ill Star Wars fan doctors said wouldn’t live to see the film’s December 20 release date.

The patient, who is choosing to remain anonymous, was able to watch the film Friday morning thanks to some behind-the-scenes mountain-moving by Disney CEO Bob Iger.

“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,” the man said in a statement. “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.”

Rowans Hospice released a photo of the man and his son wearing Stormtrooper helmets and holding blasters, surrounded by fellow costumed Star Wars fans – it was a Majical moment in time.

Once she heard what was going on, hospice employee, Lisa Davies, brought the patient’s wish to the attention of the staff.
Over the next several days, the hospice center used Twitter to get the attention of many people connected to Star Wars, including Luke Skywalker himself, actor Mark Hamill.

The request eventually made its way to Iger, who was more than happy to help make the wish become a reality.

“On this Thanksgiving, we at Disney are grateful to share The Rise of Skywalker with a patient and his family,” Iger tweeted Thursday.
A day later, the final chapter of the Skywalker saga made its way to the front doors of the hospice center.

“This morning, a very nice man named Jonathan from Disney turned up at our hospice facility with a laptop that had a very important movie on it,” the hospice center tweeted along with a photo.

Terminally ill Star Wars Superfan gets special advanced screening of 'The Rise of Skywalker' with his son.
Terminally ill Star Wars Superfan gets special advanced screening of ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ with his son. Courtesy of Rowans Hospice.

“I am utterly speechless about what has happened. We cannot thank Disney enough for helping us to fulfill our patient’s wish,” Davies said.
The patient’s wife called the response to her husband’s wish “mind-blowing.”

“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.”

At the end of one’s life, no one ever wishes for more money or fancy things. What they usually wish for is more time with family and friends.

It’s always those Majical moments that mean the most to us as humans. We are so happy this man and his Family got the Majical wish they deserved.

Thank you to Rowans Hospice and Disney for making this dream come true.


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