Terminally ill California girl gets dying wish to see Up

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Every now and then, we find a story that underscores why we do what we do here, and this is one. It's the story of a terminally ill 10-year-old California girl whose last wish was to screen the Disney/Pixar movie Up and the noble people at Pixar who granted it just in time.

The story's been the buzz of the Internet since it broke on the Associated Press (via The Orange County Register) last week. We don't need to go into the details—mainly because they tear our hearts out—but here's the gist:

Colby Curtin desperately wanted to see Up, but the cancer-stricken girl was too sick to go to a theater. Thanks to a family friend who got in touch with the movie studio Pixar, an employee of the Emeryville, Calif.,-based company arrived at Colby's home with a DVD copy of the movie. Because she was too ill to keep her eyes open, Colby's mom described the movie to her as it played. Asked afterward if she enjoyed the movie, the girl nodded. She died later that night.

Here's what's sad and awful and wonderful about this story, aside from the obvious. It shows there are still people—even in Hollywood—who care more about a child's dying wish than they do about money or copyrights or legal niceties. It shows that a film story still has the power to give hope and comfort and joy and solace to people in the most extreme circumstances.

And it shows that Up really is something special: The message of the movie, after all, is that even in the depths of loss and grief, love can reach across the vastness of time and space to touch us, to allow us to go on. Love is the true adventure.