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irishjayhawk
06-18-2009, 09:33 PM
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/pixar-up-movie-2468059-home-show

Pixar grants girl's dying wish to see 'Up'
Company sent DVD so Huntington Beach girl, 10, could watch it.
By ANNIE BURRIS
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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 dying 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.

The animated movie begins with scenes showing the evolution of a relationship between a husband and wife. After losing his wife in old age, the now grumpy man deals with his loss by attaching thousands of balloons to his house, flying into the sky, and going on an adventure with a little boy.
Colby died about seven hours after seeing the film.

With her daughter’s vigil planned for Friday, Lisa Curtin reflected about how grateful she is that Pixar – and "Up" – were a part of her only child’s last day.

“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.”

Pixar officials declined to comment on the story or name the employees involved.

THE PREVIEWS

Colby was diagnosed with vascular cancer on Dec. 23, 2005 after doctors found a tumor in her liver. At the time of her death, her stomach was about 94 inches around, swollen with fluids the cancer wouldn’t let her body properly digest. The rest of her body probably weighed about 45 pounds, family friend Carole Lynch said.

Colby had gone to Newport Elementary School and was known for making others laugh, family friend Terrell Orum said. Colby loved to dance, sing, swim and seemed to have a more mature understanding of the world than other children her age, Orum said.

On April 28, Colby went to see the Dream Works 3-D movie "Monsters Vs. Aliens" but was impressed by the previews to "Up."

“It was from then on, she said, ‘I have to see that movie. It is so cool,’” Lynch said.

Colby was a movie fan, Lisa Curtin said, and she latched onto Pixar’s movies because she loved animals.

Two days later Colby’s health began to worsen. On June 4 her mother asked a hospice company to bring a wheelchair for Colby so she could visit a theater to see "Up." However, the weekend went by and the wheelchair was not delivered, Lisa Curtin said.

By June 9, Colby could no longer be transported to a theater and her family feared she would die without having seen the movie.

At that point, Orum, who desperately wanted Colby to get her last wish, began to cold-call Pixar and Disney to see if someone could help.

Pixar has an automated telephone answering system, Orum said, and unless she had a name of a specific person she wanted to speak to, she could not get through. Orum guessed a name and the computer system transferred her to someone who could help, she said.

Pixar officials listened to Colby’s story and agreed to send someone to Colby’s house the next day with a DVD of "Up," Orum recalled.
She immediately called Lisa Curtin, who told Colby.

“Do you think you can hang on?” Colby’s mother said.
“I’m ready (to die), but I’m going to wait for the movie,” the girl replied.

THE MOVIE
At about 12:30 p.m. the Pixar employee came to the Curtins’ home with the DVD.
He had a bag of stuffed animals of characters in the movie and a movie poster. He shared some quirky background details of the movie and the group settled in to watch Up.

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.

The employee left after the movie, taking the DVD with him, Lynch said.
“He couldn’t have been nicer,” said Lynch who watched the movie with the family. “His eyes were just welled up.”

After the movie, Colby’s dad, Michael Curtin, who is divorced from Lisa Curtin, came to visit.

Colby died with her mom and dad nearby at 9:20 p.m.

Among the Up memorabilia the employee gave Colby was an “adventure book” – a scrap book the main character’s wife used to chronicle her journeys.

“I’ll have to fill those adventures in for her,” Lisa Curtin said.

stlchiefs
06-18-2009, 09:36 PM
That's awesome.

Sure-Oz
06-18-2009, 09:36 PM
Way to go pixar, definetly a classy move.

Dante84
06-18-2009, 09:41 PM
Man, I am crying.

big nasty kcnut
06-18-2009, 09:48 PM
That sweet. No matter what there are good people in the world.
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DeezNutz
06-18-2009, 09:54 PM
Bittersweet.

Dartgod
06-18-2009, 10:01 PM
Damn allergies.

:crybaby:

Crashride
06-18-2009, 10:01 PM
Good job Pixar.

Frazod
06-18-2009, 10:05 PM
Hell of a nice thing for them to do.

DaFace
06-18-2009, 10:06 PM
Cool.

Mr. Flopnuts
06-18-2009, 10:06 PM
Never once did they whore for the cameras. They refused to comment. You mean they didn't do this for self promotion and marketing purposes? What? Are these guys human? Bravo.

DJay23
06-18-2009, 10:23 PM
Never once did they whore for the cameras. They refused to comment. You mean they didn't do this for self promotion and marketing purposes? What? Are these guys human? Bravo.

Makes you happy that this kind of thing is still possible, doesn't it?

Mr. Flopnuts
06-18-2009, 10:28 PM
Makes you happy that this kind of thing is still possible, doesn't it?

It's surprisingly refreshing, and completely unexpected. The exact opposite of what it should be. Normal and nothing new.

Mile High Mania
06-19-2009, 05:18 AM
Pretty amazing that they did this... it's too bad that you have to accidentally trip over stories like this in some random thread on a sport's site to hear great stories like this one.

J Diddy
06-19-2009, 05:24 AM
It's surprisingly refreshing, and completely unexpected. The exact opposite of what it should be. Normal and nothing new.



Agreed.

kcfanXIII
06-19-2009, 06:14 AM
i think the coolest thing is that pixar didn't comment. proves they were only in this for her.

kepp
06-19-2009, 07:21 AM
Man, I just had to read this at work...where are those tissues?

burt
06-19-2009, 07:38 AM
I am rolling with the "Bittersweet" comment.

wutamess
06-19-2009, 07:46 AM
Damn allergies.

:crybaby:

This.

InChiefsHell
06-19-2009, 07:50 AM
I'm finding it difficult to swallow right now...

...great story. Good job Pixar.

MIAdragon
06-19-2009, 08:05 AM
Pretty amazing that they did this... it's too bad that you have to accidentally trip over stories like this in some random thread on a sport's site to hear great stories like this one.

This place is WAY more than a "sports site".

Pestilence
06-19-2009, 08:05 AM
Awesome story. I just find it funny that none of the major news websites have this anywhere on their pages. Figures. They'd rather you read about the latest child pornography case....than an actual good deed.

Old Dog
06-19-2009, 08:09 AM
:clap: to Pixar

RIP Colby

mcan
06-19-2009, 08:10 AM
My hats off to Pixar for being a standup company. Companies that actually CARE about their clients deserve their success.
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rockymtnchief
06-19-2009, 08:19 AM
Damn bug flew in my eye.

PhillyChiefFan
06-19-2009, 09:49 AM
It's surprisingly refreshing, and completely unexpected. The exact opposite of what it should be. Normal and nothing new.

Well said, Mr. Flopnuts.

I wish things like this happened all the time, as it should. But it is great to hear/read a good story these days. Even though it was bittersweet, but she got to do something that made her happy before the end.

RodInCanton
06-19-2009, 10:35 AM
Wow. I hope nobody comes by my cubicle for the next few minutes. I need to recover...

jidar
06-19-2009, 10:40 AM
Ohhh.. what a wasted wish.

I would have wished for three more wishes then wished not to have cancer.

Buck
06-19-2009, 10:40 AM
“Do you think you can hang on?” Colby’s mother said.
“I’m ready (to die), but I’m going to wait for the movie,” the girl replied.

Jeeez...

DeezNutz
06-19-2009, 10:43 AM
This place is WAY more than a "sports site".

No shit. There's pron.

Micjones
06-19-2009, 11:03 AM
God bless the family, their friends, and the good folks at Pixar that made this possible.

Pestilence
06-19-2009, 11:11 AM
“Do you think you can hang on?” Colby’s mother said.
“I’m ready (to die), but I’m going to wait for the movie,” the girl replied.

Jeeez...

Yeah....that part hit me the hardest.

Silock
06-19-2009, 11:19 AM
That sucks. Up was kind of a depressing movie. I mean, it was good, but that movie was freaking SAD.

Pioli Zombie
06-19-2009, 11:28 AM
I'm sure Morgan Freeman would have come over to see her.
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Donger
06-19-2009, 11:34 AM
Wow. That's extraordinary.

Donger
06-19-2009, 11:34 AM
I'm sure Morgan Freeman would have come over to see her.
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Shut the f*ck up.

crazycoffey
06-19-2009, 11:38 AM
Never once did they whore for the cameras. They refused to comment. You mean they didn't do this for self promotion and marketing purposes? What? Are these guys human? Bravo.

It's surprisingly refreshing, and completely unexpected. The exact opposite of what it should be. Normal and nothing new.


these

It's a humanly nice thing of them to do, but doing it without thoughts of "what can I get out of this" is what makes it the most special. And there should be more stories like this out there. Shame on us all.....

Baby Lee
06-19-2009, 11:47 AM
God bless the family, their friends, and the good folks at Pixar that made this possible.

Interesting you should offer this blessing in this thread, given the author.
I don't know whether or not to be cautiously optimistic for ijh.

Given his religion is crap because science is fact, schtick, his response to this situation should rightly be;

'so a corporation arranged for a configuration of atoms to register the display of a series of photons before they discontinued biological processes, big deal.'

It's heartwarming that he might be seeing a little more to life, crosses fingers, knocks on wood.

Buehler445
06-19-2009, 11:53 AM
Good deal.

It's good that this request didn't get caught up in corporate policy, control, structure, and risk management.

It would be good if this story got more publicity.

Halfcan
06-19-2009, 12:02 PM
Up was a very descent movie.

Baby Lee
06-19-2009, 12:07 PM
Up was a very descent movie.

ROFL ROFL - it's title suggests the exact opposite, unless you're pulling a Demonpenz, and if so well played sir [or should I say senator].

Pestilence
06-19-2009, 12:09 PM
I'm sure Morgan Freeman would have come over to see her.
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GFY

Buehler445
06-19-2009, 12:17 PM
I'm sure Morgan Freeman would have come over to see her.
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Bad form dude. Seriously.

HC_Chief
06-19-2009, 12:25 PM
I hate cancer.

PhillyChiefFan
06-19-2009, 12:33 PM
I'm sure Morgan Freeman would have come over to see her.
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Wowww...ca-lassy.

chiefzilla1501
06-19-2009, 05:40 PM
My hats off to Pixar for being a standup company. Companies that actually CARE about their clients deserve their success.
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I took a class on Services Management and you'd be pleasantly surprised about how many companies do these kinds of things. There's a well-known story about the Mayo Clinic, and how they once learned that a patient was critically ill weeks before her daughter's wedding, so within hours they set up a wedding at the clinic and she was able to watch her daughter get married before she ended up dying. The employee who did this extraordinary act didn't get a bonus and probably arranged for this in her off-time. It's truly amazing that this sort of stuff isn't written into company manuals, but there are companies that still somehow create the culture of doing the right thing consistently even if the employee has to make certain sacrifices to make it happen. These kind of stories can't help but put a smile on your face.

ChiefsFanInSeattle
06-19-2009, 07:29 PM
Revoke my man-card if you will, but god, stories like this make my eyes water. Very good form by Pixar, and rest in peace young Colby

Fruit Ninja
06-19-2009, 10:43 PM
Good for Pixar. big ups.

I have a friend going through cancer. She had to fly to Seattle becuase their cancer center is supposed to be top notch there. I have no idea if she's going to make it. Her immune system keeps crashing. They had to do a stem cell transplant and despite her going through light chemo (has no choice cancer in in her throat) her immune system is slowly but surely rising still. As a matter of fact she had chemo today. She text me after, but i am sure she's all morphined out atm. She's so nice and so pretty, its a damned shame.

Anyways, good to see that there are people out there that have nice hearts.

InChiefsHell
06-20-2009, 10:02 AM
The good news is, there are a ton of stories like this all over the place, and most companies, like Pixar, just do it quietly.

When I worked at Mutual of Omaha years ago, we used to sponsor families for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Pretty standard feel good stuff. Well, we went to deliver some Christmas presents and food to this one gal, a single mom. She was so greatful, and invited us in for some kool aid. We noticed that she didn't have a stick of furniture in the joint. After we left, the team pooled our own money and bought her a living room set (second hand, but really nice). The Thrift store delivered it for free. That was above and beyond for the team and the Thrift store, but it was the right thing to do and the lady was absolutely floored. I definitely had a lump in my throat when we made that second delivery, which she was absolutely unaware of.

Doing good does happen a lot more than is reported. I still have faith in humanity...

Detoxing
06-20-2009, 10:07 AM
Wow. It's good to see that there are still some good companies out there. That's......beyond words.