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Disney Screens New ‘Star Wars’ Film For Terminally Ill Fan


This isn’t the first time Disney helped grant a dying patient’s wish.

A terminally ill British man got to see “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” early, Disney CEO Robert Iger confirmed on Twitter.

“On this Thanksgiving, we at Disney are grateful to be able to share The Rise of Skywalker with a patient and his family at Rowans Hospice,” Iger tweeted. “May the Force be with you and with us all!”

Rowans Hospice, in Hampshire, England, also shared an image of a Disney representative arriving with the film.

“Mr Iger, I wish we had the words to sum up what it means to the patient, the family & us,” the hospice replied. “May the force be with you.”

Rowans Hospice executive Ruth White told NBC News the effort began when employee Lisa Davies spotted a “Star Wars” tattoo on the dying man’s leg.

Davies, a health care support worker, offered her reaction in a media release.

“The response from everyone, including the Star Wars community, has been absolutely phenomenal over the last few days. So a massive thank you to every single person that has shared our post and given their time to help make this possible,” she offered.

Davies added: “We also want to thank the media for covering the story and totally respecting the privacy of the family.” 

Magician Sean Boon shared a photo on Nov. 29 of the patient and others in full “Star Wars” regalia. “I’m the tall handsome Stormtrooper in the pic,” Boon wrote.

Rowans Hospice is a local charity which provides specialist hospice care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses resident in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire, their relatives and carers, according to a media release. All care given is without charge.

Hospice aims to provide comfort care and pain management to terminally ill patients with six months or less to live. Hospice is most often used when curative treatments are no longer effective.

This isn’t the first time Disney helped grant a dying patient’s wish.

A Marvel fan was reportedly granted his wish to see Avengers: Endgame before he died early this year.