Last week, a friend was talking to me about watching the Disney-Pixar’s movie UP and we were planning to watch it over the weekend but due to a slight miscommunication, we did not manage to catch it. Frankly speaking, I am not really a fan of animation these days but there was just something special about UP.
Around June, I read a story about Colby Curtin, a 10-year-old with a rare form of cancer, who was staying alive for one thing – Disney-Pixar’s UP. Over the weekend while catching up with my friends, we were talking about it and I was quite surprised that all 7 of them have not read or heard about the story of Colby. Then again, it may not be a surprise, knowing how much more time I am spending online than them. Have you read about the story?
Pixar Grants Girl’s Dying Wish to See ‘UP’
“From the minute Colby saw the previews to the Disney-Pixar movie UP, she was desperate to see it. Colby had been diagnosed with vascular cancer about three years ago, said her mother, Lisa Curtin, and at the beginning of this month it became apparent that she would die soon and was too ill to be moved to a theater to see the film,” according to a news report in Orange County Register.
A family friend started to make cold-call to Pixar and Disney to see if someone could help. She guessed a name and the automated telephone answering system transferred her to someone who could help her. The message was received by Pixar officials, who agreed to send someone to Colby’s house the next day with a copy of UP for a private screening.
Colby’s mother, said she had asked her daughter if she could hang on until the movie arrived.
“I’m ready (to die), but I’m going to wait for the movie,” she said her daughter replied.
The Pixar’s employee arrived with the DVD, stuffed animals of characters and other movie memorabilia.
According to Orange County Register, “Colby couldn’t see the screen because the pain kept her eyes closed so her mother gave her a play-by-play of the film. At the end of the film, the mother asked if her daughter enjoyed the movie and Colby nodded yes, Lisa Curtin said.”
Colby died with her mom and dad nearby later that evening.
It was a sad but yet very heartwarming true story that could have happened somewhere near you. Sometimes we can be overwhelmed by all the negativities happening around us and bringing us down. It is story like this that set everything in the right track and renew our beliefs in the goodness in people. The strength of Colby Curtin had touched my heart and I hope it will touch yours too.
Disney-Pixar’s UP is one movie that both kids and adults can enjoy. There was a little girl about 3-4 years old sitting right in front of me during the movie and she was clapping and cheering throughout the movie; it truly thrilled me to see how happy she was.
There were subtle messages in the movie which I thought was pretty thought provoking. Sometimes in life, we may have to put a stop to our dreams temporary so that we can help others achieve their dreams. And eventually our own dreams too will come true.
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What a touching story. I think I remember reading about it earlier in the summer as well. I still haven’t seen the movie though…
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@ Sasha, it made me cry too when I first read about it and at the same time I was happy to know that there are still so much goodness in people.
@ Becki, it’s a pretty good movie. Maybe Maggie will enjoy it too. Thank you for the award. 🙂
I’ve read about this and it made me cry. It was so touching and Pixar was very gracious with the dying girl. May her soul rest in peace.
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I saw the preview and I’m going to watch it too. I love Pixar’s animation movies. 🙂
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@ ECL, I’m sure you’ll have a good laugh and possibly shedding some tears. 🙂
I heard about this a couple of months back and props to Pixar! It just shows that they not only create great movies that contain a lot of moral lessons for kids and adults but they also practice these in real life!
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Thanks for sharing, that story gave me chills.
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That was truly an amazing story and for anyone who has seen “Up”, it just gives you one more reason to cry.
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@ Reel Advice, indeed, they do what they preach.
@ Dianne, you are welcome. In all the negativities of everyday. We need something ‘positive’ and something that can remind us of the goodness in people.
@ Stacey, hope it was another good reason to cry.
Wow, what a moving story. We can all learn from it! This is actually the first I’m hearing it. Thanks for sharing…
BTW, thanks so much for the awesome comment you left on my blog! It’s nice to know I am not alone! 🙂
@ Theta Mom, we can all learn from it indeed. 🙂
I remember hearing about that story not too long ago. It was a very touching story.
I still have not seen the movie yet. I am looking forward to seeing it.
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
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@ Christine, hope you would enjoy the movie as much as I did. 🙂
I saw this UP movie, and yes, it’s a good one. Recommended.
Your true story about Colby is very touching. Thanks for sharing.
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I don’t know much about putting dreams on hold so I can help others fulfill theirs. I hope one day I can. But then that will be part of my dream as well.. 😛 I did put two years of my dream on hold because of love.
I guess when we love someone, we can unconditionally put ourselves aside for the other person.
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@ v1olet, you are most welcome.
@ Sher, welcome back. I’ll look you up using your gmail address. It is not easy for one to out one’s dream on hold and help others to fulfill their dreams. But sometimes, we could have done it unknowingly. 🙂
The fact that the movie gave Colby little hope to live and made her ready to die is truly moving. My prayer goes to her and the children with cancer.
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@ Marlene, it is indeed moving and the strength and peacefulness of Colby.
I think this movie is so moving and touching and wonderful. What a great story
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@ Andy, thank you for dropping by.
My eyes welled with tears reading the story.
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@ Lina, it is indeed a touching story and yet we are reminding of the goodness in people.
I have been having night mares with my internet connection so leaving comments and dropping has been almost impossible.
But, I simply had to stop and say how what a wonderful post this is. It really makes you stop and thank God for your blessings.
I hope you are having a great night and will have a wonderful week!!
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Is that story for real? I also never read about this before. I lost my love one long time ago due to cancer. Its not a similar story but this really bring up some old memory to me.
Thanks and see you around.
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Thanks for being one of the topdroppers of my blog.
@ Jackie, you are right, story like this can really make us grateful for those around us. We all need to be reminded once in a while. Thank you for your blessings too. Hope you too will have a wonderful week ahead.
@ Lunaticg, yes this is a real story. I first read it in Yahoo! and it brought me to tear. It was sad and yet somehow I am grateful for the goodness in people which we can still believe in. Sorry to hear about your lost one. I, too, lost my father to cancer. It seems that nowadays, almost everyone has lost someone to cancer.
@ Laane, you are most welcome. 🙂
Such a sad but touching story. Thank you so much for sharing!
I haven’t been here (or any other blog) for a LONG time. But I’m back now, and I’ll keep visiting!
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I hadn’t heard that story before. That is great she got to see the movie before she died. We went to see that a couple of weeks ago, it was a good movie.
Thanks for sharing.
@ Sue, it was great indeed that Colby got to see the movie before she died. I would like to think that her dream was fulfilled.
@ Brandie, welcome back. It has really been a long time and good to hear from you again.
i’ve heard the story months ago and it’s really heartwarming and sad. I’ve seen the movie, UP, twice. It’s really a nice movie.
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@ Marites, it is indeed a nice movie.
That’s so sad, yet heart-warming at the same time. I’m glad she was able to hold on for just long enough. She sounded like a really amazing girl. It’s so sad she had to pass away at such a young age.
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@ Ben, yes, I am just glad that she was able had her wish fulfilled.