Star Wars is special. There’s no other way to say that. Most franchises gain cult followings, but Star Wars transcends that sort of subculture and has affixed itself into the very essence of our modern society. Star Wars is that popular and important to the world of pop culture. So when a Star Wars super fan is in a bad way, other fans are happy to help out. Back before the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens there was a terminally ill fan who had a last wish just to see the movie, and he did thanks to J.J. Abrams and Disney.
Now, with the release of the next Star Wars film on the horizon, another fan finds himself in the same situation, says The Wrap. Star Wars fan Neil Hanvey was told back in April that he only had 6 to 8 months left to live and one of his last wishes is to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story before he dies. With some help from the staff at St. Michael’s Hospice and his wife there has been a campaign launched alongside a hashtag of #RogueOneWish to grant Neil this request. This has quickly taken to social media in a big way. One Twitter user aimed a tweet at Luke Skywalker himself.
And Mark Hamill, always a softy and happy to help out fans, went ahead and gave that a retweet, helping to boost the awareness of Neil’s cause even further. Now that hashtag has really taken off in a big way.