An Air Force veteran in hospice care was granted his dying wish to see “The Last Jedi” in time before the Christmas holiday.
Ron Villemaire, a lifelong “Star Wars” fan, was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer earlier this year. His daughter, Elizabeth Ngo, had originally bought tickets for the latest installment, thinking her father would be well enough to go, WMUR reported.
But, his pain only got worse, and he went into hospice care.
Ngo took to social media to put out a cry for help, using the hashtag #RonsLastJedi in hopes that someone could make his final wish come true. The loving daughter posts updates on her father’s condition regularly.
Trying to keep upbeat but things are tough still trying to help my dad get his last wish of seeing #StarWarsTheLastJedi before he dies. He’s a veteran and cannot leave hospice even though I bought tickets. @starwars @TheEllenShow @Disney please retweet and help ????❤️ pic.twitter.com/cALzz2UIiP
— Elizabeth Ngo (@RedHead_Reality) December 9, 2017
It turned out that reality was even better than his dreams. On Dec. 16, the 69-year-old was greeted by Darth Vader in his hospital bed before the villain and a team of first responders escorted him to the O’Neil Cinemas in Epping, New Hampshire for a screening of the blockbuster film.
“Ron Villemaire, you have been summoned by the Emperor,” Darth Vader told him.
“This is awesome,” Villemaire replied.
The team that got #RonsLastJedi to happen minus @WMUR9 who thankfully were reached out to by my cousin John (also not pictured). This really was a group effort. So glad people jumped to action off of just being asked to help ❤️ @starwars @SU2C Merry Christmas all ❤️? pic.twitter.com/LVfdUy9Ztu
— Elizabeth Ngo (@RedHead_Reality) December 19, 2017
At the theater, Villemaire received an applause from a costumed cast of characters.
The results were even better than Ngo could have anticipated, she said.
“I never would’ve believed it would’ve turned out like this,” Ngo said. “I mean this is incredible.”
— Elizabeth Ngo (@RedHead_Reality) December 21, 2017
New Boston Fire Chief Dan Macdonald said that the first responders’ role was to make sure Villemaire was comfortable and able to enjoy the experience.
“You can’t put a price on it right? I mean it’s something that a need arises, and all these people jump in to make sure it happened,” said Bedford Fire Chief Scott Hunter.
— CNN (@CNN) December 24, 2017
O’Neil’s Cinema also donated the theater time, allowing Villemaire’s entire family to experience his dream with him.
“We’re also big Star Wars fans and we could help him,” theater owner Kelly O’Neil told WMUR. “I think any time you can help someone you should.”
— Elizabeth Ngo (@RedHead_Reality) December 24, 2017
Villemaire was grateful for the experience, despite his pain.
“I hope God will bless each and everyone of them just the way I feel blessed right now. He’s definitely with me right now,” he said. “It’s just unbelievable all these people are here, and thank God for Star Wars fans!”
— Elizabeth Ngo (@RedHead_Reality) December 26, 2017