HOUSTON, TX (KTRE) - Thanks to a viral social media campaign, a terminal cancer patient with strong Nacogdoches ties has gotten a chance to see an unedited version of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Thursday.
Daniel Fleetwood, of Spring, grew up in Nacogdoches and later earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University.
'To our wonderful supporters, friends, family, and awesome strangers: Daniel's final dream was just granted!!!" Daniel's wife, Ashley said in Facebook post Thursday. "Today the wonderful Disney and Lucasfilms made his final dream come true in the amazing typical Disney way. They really do make dreams come true."
Ashley said the movie's director, J.J. Abrams, called them Wednesday to let them that Daniel was going to have his wish granted. She said three people came to their house to screen the movie for them.
"Lastly, I want to thank ALL the amazing people who helped make this happen. Thank you beyond words," Ashley said. "May the force be with you all."
Recently, Twitter and other media lit up with the hashtag, #ForceForDaniel. Several "Star Wars" actors, including Mark Hamill and John Boyega, joined in what became a global effort to grant Daniel's dying wish.
"I just love Star Wars," Daniel said. "With everything I got, I love Star Wars."
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is set to open in theaters on December 18.
Click here for the link to the GoFundMe.com page that has been set up to help raise money for Daniel's medical expenses.