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Family movie night brings a little ‘courage’ to Booth Park

Families are invited to celebrate what would’ve been Julian Boivin’s seventh birthday this weekend with a movie night in Booth Park.

BIRMINGHAM — Downtown Birmingham’s Booth Park will be transformed into an open-air cinema this Saturday with the first-ever Courage for Cures Movie in the Park.

The Julian Boivin Courage for Cures Foundation, formally the Team Julian Foundation, is hosting the outdoor movie night to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. The Bloomfield Hills-based nonprofit was founded in 2011, when 4-year-old Julian was diagnosed with brain stem glioma.

Just weeks after his fifth birthday, little Julian lost his battle with cancer. But his family continues to work to improve outcomes for pediatric cancer patients. Since 2011, the group has raised more than $200,000 for the cause, and the June 22 movie night is just one more way Courage for Cures is working to get those crucial funds.

“In honor of Julian’s June birthday, we wanted to create a family-friendly event that has his spirit stamped all over it,” said Nettie Boivin, Julian’s mother and president of Courage for Cures, in a prepared statement. “The city of Birmingham has been so supportive in helping us get this first event up and running.”

The inaugural movie night will feature a live performance by the band Pure Flavor, along with plenty of other activities, including face painting, popcorn, clowns, balloons and more. Guests should remember to bring blankets or lawn chairs because, once the sun goes down, the lights will go up on the movie screen for a special screening of one of Julian’s favorite flicks, “The Princess Bride.”

“Julian loved movies, popcorn, ice cream and a good dance party,” said Boivin in the statement, which notes that because of generous sponsorship by Ameriprise Financial, any and all donations collected at the event will go directly to support pediatric brain tumor research.

“Our mission (is) that no family ever has to hear the words, ‘no known cure,’” said Amanda Herr, Courage for Cures board member and event organizer, in an email. “Julian was an amazing little boy who continues to make a huge impact here with his fight against pediatric cancer and the (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma) brain tumor that took him from us and gave him wings. It’s his courage and smile that inspired this foundation, and we plan on celebrating with a great night of family fun, and yes, a lot of dancing.”

Festivities will begin at 7 p.m. June 22. The event is free, though a $10 donation is suggested to go to the foundation.

For more information about the Courage for Cures Movie in the Park event or to learn more about the Julian Boivin Courage for Cures Foundation, visit www.couragesforcures.org.