A terminally-ill Star Wars fan has one final request: to see Episode VII – The Force Awakens, the latest in the space-themed sci-fi saga, before he dies.
Jordan Lyons, 24, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was just 15 months old.
He spent his school years in and out of hospital and had a double lung transplant in 2003.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease caused by a faulty gene which causes the lungs and digestive system to become clogged with mucus, making it hard to breathe and digest food.
Although Jordan was born after the first Star Wars film was released, in 1977, he became a huge fan after watching the series when stuck in hospital as a child.
Since then he’s watched each film multiple times, collects the memorabilia and knows all the trivia.
Jordan might not live to see the latest film, which is released on December 18 and distributed by Disney, as his lungs are rejecting.
The Star Wars superfan, who’s from Essex, said: “I love Star Wars so much because it’s such a fun and vast world to get lost in. If Disney answer my request it would mean so much to me.
“I don’t think there are any words to describe how thankful, excited and happy I would be if I could see all the things I grew up loving to watch, back on the screen in a whole new adventure.”
Jordan’s mother, Lynne Heaton, 53, said that it would be a “horrible twist of fate” if her son didn’t manage to see the new film because of his deteriorating condition.
“He’s not the type of kid that asks for anything but Star Wars is just such a big deal to him and I’m keeping everything crossed that we can get him to see it.”
Lynne’s niece, Helen Ware, 23, who lives in Canada, set up a Facebook page called ‘Sithtic Fibrosis’ after learning about her cousin’s dying wish.
The page has reached over 1000 likes and Jordan’s received many encouraging messages from strangers hoping that his last request is granted.
Lynne said: “We aimed to get to 1000 likes but we’ve gone way past that. Jordan has been absolutely over the moon by this and it’s given him a huge lift while he’s been in the hospital.”
If “the right person comes across the Facebook page” and Jordan’s wish is granted then Lynne is hoping to arrange a screening from home.
As Jordan uses a non-invasive ventilator to help him breathe, moving around can be tricky.
Lynne said: “Jordan is an incredible person, he has a great outlook on life. He’s had a tough time of it but he’s never moaned and he never says ‘why me?’.”
In early November, Disney granted the dying wish of Daniel Fleetwood, a 32-year-old Star Wars superfan with terminal cancer from Houston, Texas.
After a successful #ForceForDaniel campaign, Daniel received a call from the sequel’s director, JJ Abrams, and was shown an unedited version of The Force Awakens at his home the next day.
Jordan and Daniel’s stories echo the tale of the 2009 comedy film Fanboys, starring Kristen Bell.
Fanboys is the story of a group of friends who plot to steal a rough cut of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace so that one of the crew members, who is dying of cancer, can see the film before he dies.