My son, my eldest daughter and her boyfriend, all in their twenties, invited me to join them to see the movie UP. We went on a whim to a matinee, knowing nothing about it except it was a Pixar film. I knew I would be in for a treat. Pixar never disappoints.
UP is a beautiful, funny, soulful film with a deep abiding message of hope and love.
Then I saw this article today which is making the rounds on blogs and news sites. It seems to be legit, as Snopes has nothing on its site to dispute it.
HUNTINGTON BEACH – Colby Curtin, a 10-year-old with a rare form of cancer, was staying alive for one thing – a movie.
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. After a family friend made frantic calls to Pixar to help grant Colby her wish, Pixar came to the rescue.
The company flew an employee with a DVD of Up, which is only in theaters, to the Curtins’ Huntington Beach home on June 10 for a private viewing of the movie.
Colby died about seven hours after seeing the film.
Pixar not only went out of their way to grant this child her dying wish, but they are downplaying their involvement. They refused to release names of those involved and declined to comment on the story. This is a company with heart.