It's been said that film often imitates real life, and in the case of a trekker with cancer, the saying became reality. As if taking a page from the movie Fanboys— where a group of Star Wars fans break into Lucasfilms to get an advanced look at Episode One, only to be turned away, except for one member of the group who has cancer— a Trek fan identified only as Daniel was granted an exclusive screening of the new Star Trek Film, Into darkness, by director/producer J.J. Abrams.
Daniel's plight became viral when his wife posted a message on Reddit, describing that her husband had only weeks to live and had been looking forward to seeing a ten minute screening of the new Star Trek movie during a showing of The Hobbit, but was disappointed to learn that the screening was not showing at the theater.
Fearing that Daniel would not live long enough to see the film when it came out in May, his family and friends posted a plea on Reddit in hopes of pulling a Kirk, and making the impossible possible— which is exactly what happened.
Word of Daniel's plight reached the ears of Abrams, who hurried to make special arrangements to screen the film for Daniel. On December 31st, Daniel's wife posted the following on Reddit:
"[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. It was truly amazing that a filmmaker so secretive as J.J. Abrams was kind enough to show this to us."
All I can say is, BRAVO, Mr. Abrams. And to Daniel and his family, my prayers are with you.