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Family Launch Campaign For Dying Father To Watch Early Screening Of Final "Hobbit" Film

Watching the fantasy films has become a family tradition every December.

Last updated on October 8, 2014, at 1:27 p.m. ET

Posted on October 8, 2014, at 1:27 p.m. ET

A family have launched an online campaign to secure their dying father an early screening of the final Hobbit film before its official release date at the end of the year.

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Jessy Stouffer said in a video posted to YouTube on Tuesday that her 57-year-old father, Scott, had terminal cancer and was not expected to make it to December.

She told BuzzFeed News it had become a family tradition to watch the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films when they came out in the final month of the year.

She added as well as loving the films, her father was a huge fan of the original J.R.R. Tolkien books.
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She added as well as loving the films, her father was a huge fan of the original J.R.R. Tolkien books.

As a result, the family, from Maple Park, outside Chicago, are trying to gather support online to allow her father to watch a special preview of the film.

Jessy said the decision to make the video, which was created on Monday, was made by the family as a way of getting in contact with the writers, producers, and director of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
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Jessy said the decision to make the video, which was created on Monday, was made by the family as a way of getting in contact with the writers, producers, and director of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Her sister Katie told BuzzFeed News they hoped to eventually gain the attention of director Peter Jackson.

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Jessy said her father was not currently aware of their plans, but that he might find out if the video goes viral.

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