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Lately, when a headline begins with an actor's name, it's often followed by a tale of salacious behavior, which has left many people wondering, “Where have all the good men gone?”

It is for that very reason that writer Ed Solomon felt compelled to talk about his own encounter with a famous face. However, far from accusing the actor, it instead applauded him.

Solomon revealed on Twitter that a friend's son named John, who was dying from Batten disease, wanted to meet Luke Skywalker, and as the family's only connection to the film industry, he called actor Mark Hamill's agent.

His agent agreed to call Hamill, but Solomon explained he was told “not to get my hopes up.” But 90 seconds later, his phone rang, and it was Hamill who “immediately said yes.” John's illness prevented him from understanding Luke Skywalker was fictional, but it made no difference to Hamill.

He not only met with the boy, but spent hours answering question after question (sometimes the same ones repeatedly), AS “Luke.” Even posting this now makes me teary. He was compassionate, kind, and patient. And it literally meant the world to this kid and his family.

During the meeting, John asked if he could meet Princess Leia and while his father waved away the hefty request, Hamill said, “Can't hurt to ask.”

A phone call with actress Carrie Fisher took place, which consisted of a conversation about the unfairness of life and two telling questions, “Where?” and “When?” Unfortunately, the boy's condition “deteriorated rapidly,” and he didn't get the chance to meet her.

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Hamill responded to the tear-inducing story on Twitter with the declaration that “There's no sweeter sound than a child laughing.” He said that as someone who has been “lucky,” it's his “duty” to give to others, adding:

Much prefer visits to hospitals than talk shows. Heartbreaking but inspirational — makes my career seem trivial in comparison.

Along with the impact Hamill’s kindness had on him, Solomon shared the powerful influence John’s parents have had on his life:

Joe recently wrote a book about his family, which Solomon explained is available for pre-order with 100 percent of the profits going to the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation to help other children with Batten Disease.

“In some 30-odd years in this business, this may be the story I'm proudest to have been a part of,” Solomon revealed on Twitter.

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