The widow of late Star Wars fan, Daniel Fleetwood, who was granted his dying wish of seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens more than a month before it was released to theaters, has put in some quality time with Chewbacca, himself.
Peter Mayhew, the 7'2 actor behind the wookie, and his wife, Angie Mayhew, invited Ashley Fleetwood and her family to spend a day on their farm in Texas -- which apparently includes a "Chewie Museum" -- over the holiday. The visit was coordinated by Star Wars fan club, The Star Garrison of the 501st Legion, several members of which joined the celebration (in full costume, of course).
"The Mayhews were so kind and gracious," Ashley tells ET. "When Daniel was sick, they actually Skyped him. It was so sweet and amazing. They invited us to visit, but he was unable to travel. After he passed, they extended the invitation again. So I asked if, for my dads 60th birthday, if we could maybe visit. They said 'yes' and were so welcoming."
Ashley shared photos of the special visit on her Facebook page.
"I want to thank the amazing Peter-Angie Mayhew for inviting my family to their wonderful home," she wrote. "They were so welcoming and kind. I also want thank the 501st for being there as well. Thank you!! You made my dad's birthday."
I want to thank the amazing Peter-Angie Mayhew for inviting my family to their wonderful home. They were so welcoming...
The Mayhews also gushed about the celebration in a public post on their own Facebook page.
"We were delighted to have Ashley Fleetwood and her family out to the farm to visit and see the Chewie Museum," they wrote. "Thank you to the troops from The Star Garrison of the 501st Legion for coming out and supporting us!"
We were delighted to have Ashley Fleetwood and her family out to the farm to visit and see the Chewie Museum. Thank you to the troops from The Star Garrison of the 501st Legion for coming out and supporting us!
Ashley had met Peter through a friend that heard about her husband, Daniel, who died last month from a rare form of cancer. Daniel had been a huge fan of the Star Wars franchise since he was eight years old and, after being diagnosed as terminally ill in July, was worried that he wouldn't live to see The Force Awakens' Dec. 18th premiere. A social media campaign using the hashtag #ForceForDaniel caught the attention of stars like John Boyega, Mark Hamill, and, yes, Peter. Daniel was granted his final wish in early November with a private screening of the film in his home and an accompanying phone call from director J.J. Abrams.
"He can't talk about the movie at all!" Ashley told ET at the time. "But it was an amazing experience!"
For more on Daniel's story, watch the video below.