After a post on Reddit found its way to J.J. Abrams, the director granted one Star Trek fan an exclusive preview screening of the still-unfinished Star Trek Into Darkness. The 41-year-old man named Daniel is dying of cancer and has only weeks to live.
“My amazing healthy film buff husband diagnosed with leukemia (CML) at 38 had to endure three rounds of chemo before they found a bone marrow donor match,” Daniel’s wife wrote in the original posting. “He is now ravaged by a new, totally unrelated cancer … There is nothing left to do but make him comfortable … He has weeks to live.”
With help from his family, Daniel was able to venture out of the hospital to see The Hobbit, where they thought he’d see the first 10 minutes of Into Darkness. But that particular theater wasn’t showing the preview, so friends and family took to Reddit in the hopes of granting him a last wish.
J.J. Abrams made it possible, making special arrangements for Daniel to see the film.
“”[W]e are of course sworn to secrecy, BUT we are officially allowed to say we saw it and we enjoyed it IMMENSELY as a film and as a gesture,” his wife wrote in a follow-up post. “It was truly amazing that a filmmaker so secretive as J.J. Abrams was kind enough to show this to us.”
Kind indeed. We love you, J.J. Abrams!