J.J. Abrams Gives Fan With Cancer A Way Early Sneak Of 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

130103_StarTrekCombine a kind heart and the power of social networking and sometimes, the proverbial mountain will go to Muhammad. That was the case recently when director J.J. Abrams granted a dying cancer patient the chance to see Star Trek Into Darkness months before the feature is set to head into theaters.

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Abrams learned of the man's wish last week on link-sharing site Reddit. A user identified as ideeeyut detailed how his 41-year old Trekkie friend, who has leukemia and other health issues, headed out to a screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hoping to catch a ten-minute preview of the upcoming Star Trek film. The theater, however, did not play the preview, which is showing in most theaters.

The disappointment lead Daniel's friend to give a "passionate plea" via Reddit for help to allow Daniel to see the film, according to CNET via Deadline. After the request hit Reddit, the story found its way onto a number of Trek and geek sites, leading one user to tweet the story to J.J. Abrams and other working on the film, leading to Abrams telephoning Daniel up about setting plans for a personal preview.

Ideeyut went back to Reddit a few days later, quoting Daniel's wife who said, "We saw it and we enjoyed it immensely as a film and as a gesture." She said further that she hoped the message would spotlight the "heartfelt message of giving."

Star Trek Into Darkness opens May 17th.

[Sources: CNET, Deadline]