Late on the night of May 20th, dermatologist Roxanna Daneshjou, took to Twitter to fight for a dying child’s last wish. According to her original tweet, Daneshjou asks Twitter to work its magic in connecting her pediatric oncologist friend with Disney.
Apparently, a pediatric patient has been “fighting cancer for years and is at the end of their battle.” The child’s last wish is to see the Disney+ Star Wars series Ashoka, which has yet to premiere on the streaming platform. Daneshjou tagged actor Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker of the original Star Wars franchise, and Rosario Dawson, the star of the upcoming Ashoka series.
Twitter was quick to reply and get the hive mind thinking. Many immediately suggested that the oncologist reach out to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which is known for granting children with critical illnesses their wishes, and has an extensive history of making Disney-related dreams come true.
Daneshjou mentioned that the child has been fighting cancer for the past ten years and was lucky enough to already have a wish granted by the Make-A-Wish foundation. She noted, however, that sometimes Make-A-Wish will grant another wish in situations like these, where the end of life is imminent.
Twitter, please do your thing. A pediatric oncologist has asked for help connecting with Disney. A pediatric patient who has been fighting cancer for years and is at the end of their battle. Their one wish is to see the new Ahsoka series. @MarkHamill @rosariodawson— Roxana Daneshjou MD/PhD (@RoxanaDaneshjou) May 21, 2023
Daneshjou shared that the attending oncologist is trying to get the pediatric patient an advanced screening, as the child will not make it to the August release date. The social media outpouring was wholesome. People immediately reached out to their Disney and Lucasfilm contacts, and others offered suggestions and ideas for a GoFundMe page that might help.
One user on the thread even offered hope that Danesdhjou’s search efforts would be fruitful. Apparently, having gone through a similar situation, one doctor shared that they were able to reach out to Disney and get a DVD copy of Toy Story 4 (2019) before it was released in theaters. A Disney rep drove to the hospital to hand-deliver the DVD!
Slightly similar situation a few years ago. Our marketing department contacted Disney and a rep drove up to our hospital with a DVD version of Toy Story 4 (pre release) for my patient to watch.— Faisal Razzaqi ☮️ (@TheDrRazz) May 21, 2023
Luckily, a lead animator at Lucasfilm, Shawn Kelly saw the thread and reached out. Daneshjou updated everyone two days after her original post that Kelly had helped connect her with someone higher up at Lucasfilm. They were hoping for the best.
Roxana Daneshjou’s Twitter has yet to offer a resolution or answer if the child was able to get an advanced screening or not. We hope for another update soon, or at least that the child’s wish may have already been granted.