Our dad, Brian Curtis, passed away Aug 13, 2013, at the age of 63.
At his service we played this video with photos from his life. And today we wanted to open it up and share it beyond our family and friends as we remember him.
We had two songs at the service. Amazing Grace by the Statler Brothers (one of our dad’s favorites) and Sky Blue Pink written by Good Show Great Show after they learned of Brian’s cancer and the #skybluepink project.
We wanted to again extend a far reaching thank you to everyone for your help, love, creativity, compassion and support throughout our dad’s final season of life. You made it wonderful and surrounded him with love that he always refereed to as “better than medicine.” It brought so much happiness and smiles.
Our dad, Brian Curtis, passed away Aug 13, 2013, at the age of 63.
Got to hangout w/ my dad this afternoon. He’s so positive. I really look up to that. It’s now been about 15 months since the doctors told us to expect 6. Staying positive goes a long way. Thanks everyone for the support in spreading smiles. We looked through all the new #skybluepink today and we really felt the love. It’s hard to find the words to truly say thank you for what everyone has done.
Christmas, wrapped in #skybluepink from every direction :)
Dad’s eyes are closed while he rests… the past days have been difficult. But he’s still smiling and waving in this pic because he wanted to tell everyone thank you for the love sent in - which has made every day a beautiful sight to wake up to. And has given beautiful support each night before sleep. Thank you all for the amazing thoughts, notes, photos, paintings, songs and cards! Merry Christmas from our family to yours :)
This christmas we’ll be taking the new batch of 268 tweets, instagrams and photos sent to us for #skybluepink. In total, we have over 2,670 from around the world. That’s a lot of love! We couldn’t have made our dad feel so cared for without your support. Thank you!
And, if you’d like to see all those 2,670 pics in one place… here you go :)
All smiles. With over 2,300 tweets, instagrams, paintings, cards and #skybluepink photos sent in… how could you not?…
I should also note, these walls don’t show the many handmade cards and paintings sent in… many by elementary school children whose teachers helped turn #skybluepink into a lesson for the day. Wow :)
Thanks to you, your cameras, your love and your support, our dad, Brian, is feeling love and support every day. It’s truly an amazing sight to wake up to - and a comforting expression to fall asleep to as well. It’s like a visual hug. From the world.
Our original poster asked for help. And because you shared the message with friends and family, it’s now been viewed over 3k times since late April when we learned of the cancer which had spread so far, so quickly. And the love has come in from all corners, so to speak…
USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Spain, Austria, Brazil, Japan, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, France, Portugal, Czech Republic, India, Denmark, Russa, South Africa, Italy, Croatia, Ukraine, Peru, Switzerland, Colombia, Costa Rica, Belgium, Hong Kong, Finland, Serbia, Taiwan, Turkey, Thailand, Pakistan, Poland, Argentina, Mexico, Normway… just to name a few countries… :)
This love is an incredible medicine, I believe… Bringing positive support that words can’t begin to express. It’s a beautiful thing. Emotional. Human… A bonding experience that spans beyond our family, as the idea of #skybluepink has bought others closer with their own families… A daily reminder that life is special. Life is unique. And as people, we have a lot of love to give, share and receive from the others spending this life with us…
This brings us all closer together as people. And that’s a very cool thing to see.
Amazing. All 2,100 #skybluepink photos combined (we had to start printing smaller photos to make room ;) ). Brian’s walls are looking amazing, no longer resembling a typical hospital wall by any means. It’s almost fully ‘painted’ in #skybluepink from people around the world… people who took the time to capture a sunrise or sunset and send to our dad with kind messages of love and support. We can’t thank you enough for making this happen! It helps sooo much. He’s doing far better than the doctors expected at this point in time, and we can’t help but think that has a whole lot to do with the love sent in from you!
4th of July. We traveled to visit our Dad, Brian, and had a perfect picnic day at the park. We also showed up with the most recent prints of #skybluepink to hang on the walls :)
In just 2 months and 1 week, our original poster asking for support has been seen 2,580 times, spanning across the globe. The support has been nothing less than amazing. Beautiful. And completely heart warming.
"How can you look at this and not feel anything but happiness and support," dad’s hospice nurse said upon entering the recently covered room.
And we owe everyone a huge thank you. From the bottom of our hearts. This has meant so much. Every day. From the time our dad wakes up. To the time he goes to bed. He’s surrounded by our love, thoughts, wishes and support. And I guess you can’t ask for much else :)
From our family to yours. Thank you!!!
If a picture’s worth a thousand words… here’s 1,675…
the full collection so far from 65+ countries…
That’s a lot of love sent in for our dad, Brian in the last 2 months. Thank you everyone for the continued support! We can’t wait to hang the next batch of new photos when our family gets together to grill out on the fourth. We’re truly painting a room in #skybluepink, a daily reminder of compassion and the importance of friends and family.
from: instagram, tweets, re-tweets, facebook and emails. thank you!
This weekend we arrived to see my dad and found that he’d received yet another big batch of hand made cards from elementary schoolers :) Along with some creative #skybluepink screen printing from Matt, in Alabama, who wrote, “You’ve change the way we view sunsets forever. Peace, Love and #skybluepink.”
Thank you everyone, for your continued support! It’s helped bring about so many positive thoughts from something so difficult to face. From our family to yours, thank you!
3 weeks, 3 days & 1000+ tweets, pics & cards later and #skybluepink proves love is medicine. We’ve now covered 2 entire care center walls with messages and photos of comfort, hope and thoughts. It’s made a world of difference for my dad’s attitude and overall well-being. See Brian’s story and find out how to get involved @ http://bit.ly/skybluepink
Thank you everyone! From the bottom of our hearts. Thank you! This is simply Amazing.
And one extra special thanks to my extended family, Archrival, for printing all photos for the #skybluepink project!
Today was amazing. My mom and I visited my dad to show him all the new #skybluepink photos. Got to see all the great new cards received in the mail, including those from an entire 5th grade class… They were beautiful. We put them in a binder so my dad could read through them at any time, front and back :)
Also, the care center surprised us by setting up a family dinner table for 3 just outside his room. They gave us special menus to order anything we wanted. It was the first dinner with me, my mom and my dad in a loooong time. Very, very special day. Thank you Harvard Rest Haven!
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special #skybluepink thanks to Good Show Great Show for their talent. and Michael Todd, Hear Nebraska’s managing editor who loves the way acts of kindness can spread with the web. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
This song was created by Good Show Great Show, inspired by #skybluepink and dedicated to my dad and our family :)
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