When Daniel Craft, a Star Trek obsessed New York-based movie fan who co-founded the New York Asian Film Festival, was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer six weeks ago, his friend posted a message from Craft's wife, Paige, on Reddit, asking for the online community's help in finding either the trailer or an unfinished screener of the new Star Trek film, Star Trek Into Darkness.
"My amazing healthy film buff husband diagnosed with leukemia (CML) at 38 had to endure 3 rounds of chemo before they found a bone marrow donor match had a Bone Marrow Transplant, which was MORE chemo, full body radiation & lots of other horrific things....then endured/survived 3 major infections + a massive GI bleed that put him in the hospital 10+ times over 3 1/2 years not to mention 100's of doctors visits.... he is my hero; I am his caregiver - I would do anything to help him.... he is now ravaged by a new TOTALLY UNRELATED cancer, (isn't that a fucker?) an aggressive and EXTREMELY rare vascular tumor that is crowding out his healthy liver tissue... they grew under treatment; there is nothing left to do but make him comfortable, at 41, he is jaundice & his liver is enlarged, his body has had enough, he has weeks to live, He was hospitalized and had to exchange our HOBBITT tickets (where the 10 min Star Trek preview was supposed to be shown) we were able to put him in a car and get over to the HOBBITT but NO PREVIEW???? we, his friends and family, the love of my life - WOULD LOVE him to be able to see the Star Trek movie but even the 10 minutes of the trailer would be AMAZING."
Word quickly spread and the next day, the Crafts received a voicemail from J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof (the film's director and writer), telling them that a producer would be in touch soon. Craft's friend, Grady Hendrix, wrote a follow-up post on Reddit. "The next day, one of the film's producers showed up at the door of their apartment with a DVD containing a very rough cut of Star Trek: Into Darkness in his hands. Paige had made popcorn, Dan had spent the previous day resting so he could sit through the movie, and after signing about 200 nondisclosure agreements, they watched the film and had a blast."
After finishing the film, Craft returned to bed, where he remained until he was moved to hospice care January 4th; he died the next day. He was 41. When the news spread, members of the film community, including Star Trek's Zachary Quinto, showed their support.
my heart is with the family of dan craft. "may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
— Zachary Quinto (@ZacharyQuinto) January 6, 2013
As Hendrix put it: "Dan would be rolling his eyes at being 'the inspirational cancer story,' but he's done a lot for movies over the years. It's nice that the movies finally did something for him."