Sometimes being a hero isn’t that difficult. Sometimes all it takes is the will to make others’ dreams come true. Back in November, when I wrote about actor Nicolas Cage, my friend Nick sent me the link to an article about a family in his home state of Michigan.
A woman wrote a letter to Jon Turteltaub, who directed Disney’s “National Treasure,” telling him just how much the film meant to her 11-year old daughter, who since watching it had developed a fascination with history. Breann, who was 11 at the time, is a mature girl who had spent a lot of time helping her family care for older brother, who has cerebral palsy.
Touched by the story, Turteltaub forwarded the letter to Walt Disney Studios, and Breann and her family were invited to attend the premiere of National Treasure: Book of Secrets.”
Breann’s family got the royal treatment as they walked on the red carpet with the stars! They were even invited to the cast party afterwards, and had the opportunity to mingle with Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight, Alan Alda, and others.
This is exactly the kind of momentum and compassion that it takes to be a hero for a cause like spina bifida awareness. The moment that Turteltaub received a letter from Breann’s mother, he set in motion the chain of events that would lead to the big day for this family. I am very impressed by this incredible story, and would like to ask Mr. Turteltaub if he would be interested in channeling that same benevolent energy towards catapulting this cause into the national spotlight!
Thanks, Nick, for sharing this story with us.
I’m getting a little caught up on some work today, so I’ll wrap it up now. Plus, there’s a nice cup of coffee waiting for me!