Terminally Ill Star Trek Fan Sees New Movie Before Death

It’s Reddit to the rescue again. After helping 5-year-old Alexis Blackburn get hundreds of “get well” cards, Reddit’s online community has helped a man with terminal cancer see a special screening of Star Trek Into Darkness, which doesn’t officially premiere until next summer.

Daniel Craft, a 41-year-old man from New York City was a self-proclaimed movie buff living a normal, happy life. He co-founded the New York Asian Film Festival and was looking forward to seeing the new Star Trek movie next summer. Then, six weeks ago he was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. Craft’s wife Paige urged users on Reddit to help find a trailer for her husband to watch, or an unfinished version of the film.

Word spread quickly and Paige Craft received a voicemail from Star Trek’s writer and director, J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindel. They showed up the next day to the Craft’s apartment with a DVD of the film (void of final edits) and settled in to watch with Daniel while his wife made popcorn. Daniel had to sign about 200 nondisclosure agreements, but he had a blast.

On January 4, 2013, Daniel was moved to hospice care where he passed away the following day.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Craft family on the loss of Daniel. We’re gratified he was able to see the film, and readers can catch the new extended version of the Star Trek Into Darkness trailer above.