Great News: Disney and Bob Iger Screen ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ For A Dying Fan

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December 2, 2019
Disney and Bob Iger Screen ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ For A Dying Fan

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Today on Kevin & Bean we have GREAT NEWS stories for you. We find news stories that make you feel good and restore your faith in humanity to balance out all the bad news you hear on the news.

This morning Allie told us about a man in England who is in hospice care and who may not make it to mid-December when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is released in theaters. So the Rowans Hospice facility in Hampshire, England decided to tweet out a plea to try to get this patient’s dying wish to see this movie early with his kids fulfilled. People immediately started retweeting and tweeting out to JJ Abrams and Mark Hamill. Hamill tweeted to get in touch with Disney because they are the only ones who could make this happen. Thousands of tweets later Disney CEO Robert Igner tweeted that the patient at Rowans Hospice was watching the movie before its release on Thanksgiving Day. So Disney brought the movie to him and he got to watch it with his wife and his son and a few others. It’s beautiful and wonderful and sad at the same time because he wasn’t going to be around to see the film before after its release. This was Allie’s GREAT NEWS!!!

Jensen brought our attention to the recent wildfires in Australia. Over 2 million acres have been burned, over 600 homes destroyed and there have been 6 deaths. Things are bad and they are getting worse. Dozens of Koalas have been rescued and taken to animal hospitals and many are being treated for burns on their paws. People don’t think about the animals but, they are also affected by these fires. Now, the world is responding in a beautiful way. Many Australian’s are sending in hand made mittens, blankets, baskets, wraps, nest's and pouches to help the koala’s and all the other animals recover from their burns and injuries. A group of Dutch knitting enthusiasts from a quilt shop, 100, have also sent in over 400 pairs of mittens for a koala hospital. Thousands of had crafted donations are also being sent in from around the world as well. So much so, that they have asked people to stop sending them in. People are now sending in food, water, and medicine to help. One koala hospital in Port Macquarie launched a GoFundMe last month and they have exceeded past their original goal to almost $2 Million dollars that they will share with other hospitals. It’s an amazing way for people to come together and help the animals and people in need. This was Jensen’s GREAT NEWS!!!

Kevin told us about 14-year-old Bella Pacini and her family who are saving an extra seat at their dinner table this Thanksgiving. Bella just received a liver transplant from a deceased donor after years of battling chronic health issues. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Later, she was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC). The symptoms stayed mostly in the background but, in the last two years, she got much worse. On Feb. 20th of this year, doctors decided to put her on a waiting list for a liver. Bella needs an adult liver and the organ waiting list is governed by strict rules and regulations. According to the U.S. Government, 113,000 people are on the national transplant waiting list as of July 2019. Every ten minutes, another person is added to the waiting list and every day, 20 people die waiting for a liver transplant. Nine months went by and they didn’t hear anything, and doctors didn’t have any information. In that time, her mom said her eyes had turned yellow, she lost color in her face, and she didn’t think she was going to make it to her birthday. Then, on Nov. 18, she was out shopping, and finally got the call with good news. She underwent a successful liver transplant on Nov. 19th. Within an hour after the surgery, Bella’s color started coming back and her health turned around almost completely. The entire family is grateful and they realized that the donor was someone who passed away. So they set up an honorary seat for that person. "She's able to live while somebody isn’t able to celebrate Thanksgiving with their loved ones," Bella’s mother Tracy said. "We can’t reach out to them right now but, we will.” This was Kevin’s GREAT NEWS!!!