There’s certainly some division among Star Trek fans regarding the now rebooted franchise but put those feelings aside as we talk about this rather generous gesture from the man behind it all.
On Christmas Day there was a posting on Reddit.com regarding a terminally ill but lifelong fan (Dan):
Hello Reddit. I’ve seen some amazingly kind and generous stuff happen on here. I’m hoping there’s room for another amazing act of generosity and kindness for a friend of mine who is really sick. I couldn’t begin to put into words what he has gone through. Luckily his wife did it for me… “My amazing healthy film buff husband diagnosed with leukemia (CML) at 38 had to endure 3 rounds of chemo before they found a bone marrow donor match had a Bone Marrow Transplant, which was MORE chemo, full body radiation & lots of other horrific things….then endured/survived 3 major infections + a massive GI bleed that put him in the hospital 10+ times over 3 1/2 years not to mention 100’s of doctors visits…. he is my hero; I am his caregiver – I would do anything to help him…. he is now ravaged by a new TOTALLY UNRELATED cancer, (isn’t that a fucker?) an aggressive and EXTREMELY rare vascular tumor that is crowding out his healthy liver tissue… they grew under treatment; there is nothing left to do but make him comfortable, at 41, he is jaundice & his liver is enlarged, his body has had enough, he has weeks to live, He was hospitalized and had to exchange our HOBBITT tickets (where the 10 min Star Trek preview was supposed to be shown) we were able to put him in a car and get over to the HOBBITT but NO PREVIEW???? 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.
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.
With the power of social media behind them the community on the website (and other fanboy related pages) gave the posting enough attention to get Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot to notice it. Following that here’s what the original poster had to say:
Holy cow everybody!!! I just heard from his wife that they are going to do it!! I don’t know who it what the path was to get there but thank you so much to everyone that tried to help!!!’
Sources close to TrekMovie.com went on to report that they’re going to be given some kind of special screening of the currently unfinished product. I’m going to be honest I think this is a great development and the gesture is beyond wonderful. I’m really happy they’re doing this and considering the high level of secrecy associated with the film it just makes this act even more special.
So what do you guys think about all this? Sound off with your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.