Film director is touched by Reddit campaign, makes the impossible happen
One Star Trek fan, Dan, is dying of cancer. He is just 41 years old and has already fought a long battle with leukemia before being diagnosed with a rare vascular tumor. His last wish is to see the 9-minute prologue to “Star Trek Into Darkness,” J.J. Abrams’ upcoming film.Luckily for him, there’s Reddit.
A friend of Dan and his wife reached out to other members of the community, in the hope of granting him his last wish. He barely made it to “The Hobbit” premiere despite being sick, but the theater didn’t run the extended “Star Trek” preview before it as he thought they would.
“we, his friends and family, the love of my life - WOULD LOVE him to be able to see the Star Trek movie but even the 10 minutes of the trailer would be AMAZING. If there is anything any one of you or anyone you know could do to make this happen that would be an amazing, kind and generous thing. Please help. Thanks,” the Reddit post said.
“TLDR; My friend is dying. Would like to see the new Star Trek movie. Please help. At the least, upvote to get to front page for someone else to see. Please,” it added.
Somehow, word of this got back to Abrams, who has already agreed to do whatever is in his power to make it possible for Dan to see the entire movie or at least the preview before the official release.
The film comes out in May but Dan has only “weeks to live.”
“JJ Abrams just called Dan's wife and left a message. He's going to try to arrange a screening for Dan, either of the film or at least of the 9 minute promo reel. I'll never say anything bad about JJ Abrams again. Seriously. He is now beyond reproach as far as I'm concerned,” another friend writes on the same forum.
While Abrams’ generous gesture certainly deserves praise, prayers go out to Dan and his family.