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Yoga Dad Turns Cancer To A Positive

Yoga dad Dennis Ingui has a story to tell that all you dudes need to hear.

Now, I don’t normally turn over the precious white space here at A Dude’s Guide very often, much less three times in less than a week, but this is a special case. See, a friend of mine told me about Dennis and, once she did, I knew I’d have to have him share his story here with all of you. It’s a long story, so I’m going to have a jump that I want you to follow and I think you will.

This yoga dad is more than a health nut, more than a cancer survivor, more than a business man. Although he’d probably fight against anyone telling him this, he’s a bit of an inspiration. But let’s hear the story from Dennis’ mouth instead of mine.

Despite completely changing my life starting with a yoga practice at the age of 48, I wouldn’t call it a mid-life crisis.  

My mid-life turnaround was brought about after a stunning diagnosis of prostate cancer and surgery. What began as a journey of recovery and self-discovery has grown into a new business venture, mentorship for other budding entrepreneurs and a path toward philanthropy, touching the lives of children and adults across the globe.

Born and raised in the Bronx, I’ve always been athletic and physically fit. Which meant I was thrown completely off guard after a cautionary check up with my urologist showed a slightly rising PSA test. I will never forget the moment I received a call from the doctor on my way to the airport for a business trip. Immediately, I turned the car around and my wife and I went straight to the doctor. Within a few weeks, I was scheduled for surgery.

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Up To Lots Of Good

Sometimes, only sometimes mind you, a corporation does some good with almost no prodding. This is a sad story. It’s also a story about doing the right thing, even when you don’t have to do it.

Colby Curtain was a 10-year-old girl from Orange County, California. Note the word was.  Two days before Christmas in 2005, Colby was diagnosed with vascular cancer after doctors found that she had a tumor in her liver. Dcotors were unable to arrest the progress of the disease and, by last week, it was clear that Colby had only days left. She had been holding on because she wanted to see the movie, Up, by Disney/Pixar. Unfortunately, she was too weak to travel to the movies.

A family friend started working the phones. A Pixar representative loaded up the theater-only movie onto a DVD disc and flew it to the Curtain home. Colby and her family were able to watch the movie in the comfort of her home.

Colby died less than seven hours after she finished watching the movie.

I’m going to let you pause here and look for a hankie. I know I needed one when I read this story.

Lisa Curtin reflected about how grateful she is that Pixar – and “Up” – were a part of her only child’s last day.

“When I watched it, I had really no idea about the content of the theme of the movie,” said Curtin, 46. “I just know that word ‘Up’ and all of the balloons and I swear to you, for me it meant that (Colby) was going to go up. Up to heaven.”

Pixar officials declined to comment on the story or name the employees involved.

From reading the story, I get the impression that Pixar didn’t actually want some publicity from this. It seemed as if they wanted to do a good deed and do it anonymously. That’s sort of rare form for a corporation. I applaud them for it.

And we here at the Guide offer the Curtain family our condolences. We have no idea what they must be going through, but we’ve got a pretty good idea it’s nowhere near a good thing. Our thoughts are with you.

— Richard

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