The saddest story of the day...

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.

The kicker is that the little girl was in so much pain she had to sit through the movie with her eyes closed. Her mother described what was going on screen for her. 

Anyone who sees any humor in this story--so much so that the Diet Pepsi they were drinking comes squirting out of their nose--should be ashamed of themselves.

Seeing UP was a nice dying wish. Mine involves Megan Fox and a can of creamed corn.

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