Girl's Last Wish Fulfilled: Pixar's "Up"

Studio employee hand-delivers DVD hours before 10-year-old dies of cancer

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    Pixar's "Up" touched a young girl's life in an unexpected way.

    Her body wracked by a rare cancer, 10-year-old Colby Curtin hung on to life so she could watch Up, the new Pixar animated feature.

    Colby, diagnosed with a vascular tumor in 2005, had set her hopes on seeing the film when she saw a trailer for the movie in April. Her mother, Lisa Curtin, told the Orange County Register that her daughter's health took a turn for the worse afterwards, and by June, after the movie had opened, Colby was too ill to travel to a theater.

    Reached by family friends and told of her wish, executives at the digital studio based in Emeryville, Calif. arranged to fly an employee with a DVD of the film to the girl's home in Huntington Beach on June 10, the newspaper reported. (Pixar did not comment.)

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    Colby, who could no longer see, listened to the film while her mother narrated the action. She died seven hours later.

    A vigil is planned for Friday.