Archive for June 2009

Pixar grants child’s final wish: To see Up before dying

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Imagine being in the final stages of terminal cancer. You’d probably think of what you’d want to do before you die. Like go skydiving. Or go on an African safari. Ten-year-old Colby Curtin’s final wish wasn’t nearly as extravagant. All she wanted to do was see the newly released Pixar movie Up before she died. The story in today’s Orange County Register goes into detail, but I’ll summarize it here.

She got her desire after having seen a preview of Up before Monsters vs. Aliens on April 28. Two days later, her health took a turn for the worse. By June it became clear that she had very little time left. An attempt to wheelchair her to a local theatre fell through, and by June 9 transporting her anywhere was out of the question.

Get your tissues ready.

Desperate, a friend of the family cold-called Pixar, and got a sympathetic ear. The next day, a Pixar employee arrived at the Curtins’ home, DVD in hand, for a special private screening of the movie for Colby. She died later that evening, a mere seven hours after having seen the movie.

What made it more apropos was that the loss of a loved one is a major plot theme in Up. Says Colby’s mother Lisa Curtin:

“When I watched it, I had really no idea about the content of the theme of the movie,” said Curtin, 46. “I just know that word ‘Up’ and all of the balloons and I swear to you, for me it meant that (Colby) was going to go up. Up to heaven.”

Finally, on a whim, I punched up “Colby Curtin” in Google and found out that she has Hawaii ties. A fundraiser was held for her in Mililani, which was covered by KHNL:

All the items at the garage sale are for sale and the money will go to help seven year old Colby Curtin, who has stage 4 cancer. She has a cancer called EHE which is rare in children that young. She has tumors in some major organs and her right hip.

Colby has already undergone 6 rounds of chemotherapy. She lives in California with her parents, but most of her family is on Oahu and Kauai.

I hope KHNL or another news local outlet picks up this story. This story is too incredible not to tell, and would be a welcome change of pace from the news of furloughs and swine flu.