SR Picks: Pixar Makes a Little Girl’s Dying Wish Come True

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 5:38 pm,

up disney pixar SR Picks: Pixar Makes a Little Girl’s Dying Wish Come True

When the world seems full of doom and gloom, there are always those special people that step up and make you feel good about life. When I hear stories about these heroes, I feel compelled to share them. Not long ago, I wrote about such a thing happening when Somchai Yoosabai, a Bangkok firefighter, single-handedly saved a young autistic boy with the help of his Spider-Man costume.

Today, we have another story of people doing something special for someone out of the goodness of their hearts.

Colby Curtin, a 10-year old girl described as fun, active and mature for her age, was diagnosed with a rare vascular cancer nearly three years ago and since then she has been fighting strong against it. For the last month or so however, her condition got worse and she would not live for long.

After seeing previews for Up attached to Monsters vs. Aliens, Colby absolutely had to see the upcoming Disney-Pixar 3-D film as lover of movies and animals herself. The problem was that by the time the film came out, she quickly became too ill to be brought to a theater to see it. And in those few days before her condition worsened, her mother’s request for a wheelchair came unanswered as the weekend passed by.

A photo of Colby Curtin by family friend Carole Lynch

The family feared that she would pass away without ever seeing the film. Terrell Orum-Moore, a family friend, was determined not to let that happen and began cold-calling Disney and Pixar to try to get someone to help.

The big obstacle for Orum-Moore was Pixar’s automated telephone system which asked for a specific name of an employee to pass the call through. Guessing names, she was able to get through to someone and the folks at Pixar listened to the story of dying Colby Curtin and agreed to fly someone out there the following day with a copy of the DVD.

The family friend then called Colby’s mother, Lisa Curtin, and told her the good news. Lisa asked her daughter if she could hang on just a bit longer to see the film. Colby responded:

“I’m ready (to die), but I’m going to wait for the movie,”

The following day, around lunch hour, the Pixar employee arrived with the DVD in hand and plenty of gifts.

They watched the film together but Colby couldn’t see much of the movie with pain forcing her eyes closed. Her mother helped by detailing what was happening on screen. After the film ended, the employee, who was described as being incredibly nice was very touched by the situation, left with the movie, having helped bring Colby her last wish.

After being able to experience the film she looked forward to so much, Lisa asked her daughter Colby if she liked it and she responded that she did. Colby passed away a mere seven hours later with both of her divorced parents at her bedside. Pixar came through and was able to make her last day something very special for the young girl and her family. They weren’t using this as some marketing scheme or to benefit their brand, they simply helped out the family to make Colby’s last wish come true.

Thank you, Pixar.

What do you think of this story?

To see more details on the story, check the original article at the OC Register, linked below.

Source: Orange County Register

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  1. That’s pretty tragic…

    All I have to say.

  2. wat 790 said.

    im just wondering y they took the movie back. if it was just a screener maybe, but they should send them an actual 1 later

  3. OMG that was really sad i started to cry and i am still crying. may she rest in peace.

  4. I personally can’t think of anything worse than the death of one of my kids

  5. My friend told me about this story, it’s pretty sad but it’s a nice gesture by Pixar. But it’s better than nothing, I’m glad she at least had the pleasure of knowing the story of Up even if she didn’t get to actually see it, it’s like reading a book, just knowing the things that happens is good in itself.

  6. Wow.

  7. Heart-moving. Really. An amzing gesture from the guys at Pixar. Congrats to them and RIP to Colby.

  8. It is truely heart-wrenching. My brother told me about it yesterday afternoon but I couldn’t get to it till today and it took a while – it was pretty emotional to read and try to write about.

    If you have a chance, check out the source article as there’s a little more to it.

  9. We all take advantage of the blessing we are have our health and to whine and complain about trivial things while this little girl’s dying wish was to see this movie..As a father of three all I can say is that her courage in the face of death is truly humbling..Truly!!

  10. What a sweet note to such a sad story
    It’s nice in such a jaded, nihlist world to here such glimmers of kindness and hope

  11. i wish the news chanels would show more storys like this. Reading a story like this makes you realize the whole world isnt doom and gloom.

  12. i’m with you greenknight, when you read or hear about stories like this it makes you step back and think all the sh*t in your life is nothing compared to what some people are going through…

    thanks for posting this Rob, not a lot of websites would have done the same.

  13. Thank you for sharing this heart-warming story. You never hear much positivity in the media, so when a big corporation does something nice like this, it is wonderful to hear. I am glad young Colby got the chance to see the movie before she passed away. Rest in peace, Colby.

  14. My God.
    I dont know what to say.

  15. Sad story, but still touching. Great of pixar, but it’s a bit over shadowed by the tragedy of the situation.

  16. I usually don’t read stories like these but that was extremely cool for Pixar to do. RIP Colby, you will be missed by many.

  17. wow what an awesome thing to do.

  18. that is so sad. go pixar

  19. that brought tears to by eyes. I’m just glad she was able to see/hear the movie before she passed. What a powerful story. My heart goes out to Colby’s family.

  20. Good to see a company reach out, behind the cameras, and help grant a child’s wish.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Colby’s family.

    There is nothing more sad in this world than a sick child.

  21. WOW
    it… kind of feel good about the world, knowing that some people in big industries like Pixar can do stuff without money helping the case.

  22. Blast you Rob! You just had to make me get misty! May I have Screen Rant’s permission to copy part of this story and e-mail it, and your web address, to some friends?

  23. @Kahless,

    Of course.


  24. Everyone who reads this thread should try to do a kindness for someone today, even if it’s just an understanding smile and a kind comment to a harrassed mother with a screaming child in a supermarket line.

    Call your parents, tell them you love them, and hug your own kids, and marvel at how fortunate you are to have them.

    Make the world a better place by being a better human. Even for five minutes.

  25. this should be more noticeable, this is a great story.
    almost felt like crying lol.

    when good people do good things to only the benifit those thier doing it for, these are the stories/articles people need. especially in these times.

  26. Admit it rich, you got choked up reading it, if not, try telling someone about it, lol.

  27. ya i should of left almost out of there for sure.
    this should be bigger though, so freaking sad.
    dont know what its worth but my heart goes out to that family

  28. UP is a great and terrific movie.

    With these films and these actions, pixar demonstrates not only their high quality standards but the commitment they have with the kids, presenting intelligent stories and not just stupidity like madagascar and all that cheap crap.

    And some people think transformers is a good kids movie. Cant believe it.

    We all know pixar is great on-screen, now we found out they are excellent off-screen too.

  29. *clap clap clap*

    cried so much when reading