Colby Curtin was a 10-year old girl that just had one final wish in her life; that she could see the new movie Up before it was too late. Colby was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and was holding on as long as she could in order to see the new Pixar film. A family friend stepped in to try and help that wish come true, and after making frantic calls to Pixar, the company flew an employee up to her with a DVD copy of Up. The little girls wish was granted, and she was able to view the film she had been so excited to see. Colby Curtin died seven hours later.
This is a story about two things that can tear at the heartstrings of anyone, starting with the fact that a little girl has such a simple final wish, and secondly that Pixar would do such a noble thing by providing the girl with a movie that can only be seen in theaters. They didn’t have to do it, but in doing so, helped a little girl enjoy a couple hours of extreme happiness during a very difficult time for her and her family. It had been a dream of Colby to see Up as soon as she saw the first preview, but as she began to weaken, and her affliction began to worsen, she wasn’t able to go to the theaters anymore. That is when Pixar stepped in.
Colby Curtin was diagnosed with vascular cancer about three years ago, and having to battle a rare form of cancer has not been an easy task for this innocent little girl and her family. Her mother told a local newspaper that Colby had only wanted to see the movie, but had become far too weak to travel outside of the home, or venture to a movie theater. At that point family friend Terrell Orum-Moore who wanted nothing more than to help Colby have her last wish began cold-calling Pixar and Disney to find someone that could help her see the movie. Orum-Moore had a little bit of luck, or something else on his side, when he called Pixar, as they have an automated system, and he had to guess the name of someone in order to connected. He guessed right, and was transferred to someone who could help.
The part of the story that will bring tears to your eyes, if this story hasn’t already, is the conversation that Colby and her mother had when they found out that Orum-Moore had succeeded and that Pixar would be sending someone up with a DVD the next day. Colby’s mother asked her “Do you think you can hang on?” and Colby responded “I’m ready (to die), but I’m going to wait for the movie”. And hold on she did, as her family enjoyed their last day with Colby.
Source: The OC Register