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A terminally ill Star Trek fan was granted the opportunity to see Star Trek Into Darkness nearly five months before its release.
CBS reports that the early viewing was made possible after a friend of terminally ill Dan posted on Reddit about his friends traumatic battle with cancer through the words of his wife. Dan was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 38 and following several rounds of chemo, a bone marrow transplant, a battle with infection and numerous other hospitalizations. Sadly, after all of tha doctors found more cancer.
According Dan’s wife, because of his illness he only has weeks to live. Dan is a massive fan of Star Trek and purchased tickets for The Hobbit premiere just to see the 10 minute trailer for the new Star Trek Into Darkness film Unfortunately, Dan was hospitalized again and unable to see the preview when it aired during The Hobbit premiere.
After much effort, his friends were able to get him to the movie weeks later, but a preview for the film was not shown. His wife asked that if anyone could get him the 10 minute trailer his wish would be complete.
CBS reports that Reddit users e-mailed Paramount Studios in the hopes of getting in touch with JJ Abrams. Weeks later, Dan’s wife posted another message, this one of great news.
She writes, “Hi everyone, it's Daniel's wife, we 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.... However; Daniel 'hates' being an 'inspiring cancer story' we his friends and loved ones would prefer for the update to have more of a heartfelt message of giving, especially during this season: This is a story of us giving something to him, the 'internet' community giving something to him and ultimately being a heartwarming gift to our friends, family and so many others.”
Star Trek Into Darkness is slated to release May 17, 2013.