Local Resident Releases Memoir About Her Late Son

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Author Shelley Buck with her late son Ryder and husband, Chris

La Cañada Flintridge resident Shelley Buck released a parenting memoir inspired by the life of her oldest son, Ryder. The book, entitled “Leave Your Light On,” details the quest he undertook to beat cancer, only to die months later in a vehicle accident.
Shelley, an artist who is married to Academy Award-winning director Chris Buck (“Frozen” and “Frozen 2”), tells the story of how Ryder adapted to life after learning he had cancer and how that changed and inspired his relationship with his parents and the world around him. Told through first-person accounts, recollections from friends and family, and Ryder’s own words from cancer journal entries and social media posts, the book shows a parent-child relationship challenged by an unrelenting illness and Ryder’s determination to live on his terms. He remained focused on his goal of becoming a musician despite his diagnosis.
“Ryder wrote the song ‘Leave Your Light On’ about overcoming challenges and the power of a positive perspective,” according to a statement from Book Launchers. “Shelley Buck and co-author Kathy Curtis used that song as inspiration to tell Ryder’s story to showcase the potential of seeing beyond the human exterior of a person and how to ignite your own inner light to spark the same in others.”
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Cream of LCF Crop Inspire at ‘Challenge Success’ Day

Name another high school that can pool an Oscar winner, head of Plastic Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, creative executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, state Senator, former Major League Baseball player, NASA engineer, deputy district attorney, pilot and philharmonic oboist and have them all on the same campus, on the same morning.

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK Chris Buck, the Oscar-winning director of Disney’s “Frozen,” speaks to students at Saturday’s “Challenge Success: Building Your Path” event about his career path, including hurdles he overcame along the way.
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Chris Buck, the Oscar-winning director of Disney’s “Frozen,” speaks to students at Saturday’s “Challenge Success: Building Your Path” event about his career path, including hurdles he overcame along the way.

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Buck, Urata Headline ‘Challenge Success: Building Your Path’ Event

La Cañada High School, in conjunction with the LCHS Alumni Association, is sponsoring the first “Challenge Success: Building Your Path” event from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, at LCHS.

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It will feature two highly acclaimed keynote speakers: Chris Buck, an Academy Award-winning director of the Disney animation feature “Frozen,” and Dr. Mark Urata, a renowned surgeon and head of the Plastic Surgery Division at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
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LCUSD Board Extends L.A. Premier Contract Extension

For at least the next two years, the Los Angeles Premier Futbol Club will continue to call La Cañada High School home.
The Governing Board agreed at its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15, to license the La Cañada High School football field — where the turf was replaced last summer as part of a $1.3-million upgrade — to the soccer club already associated with the lease. Continue reading “LCUSD Board Extends L.A. Premier Contract Extension”

A Golden Moment After Dark Days for the Buck Family

The cheer that went up in La Cañada Flintridge on Sunday night was for Chris Buck, the LCF resident and co-director of the Disney smash-hit “Frozen,” which was honored at the 71st Golden Globe Awards as the Best Animated Film.
It was another chapter in an emotional few months for Buck, whose son Ryder was killed in late October after being struck by two cars while walking across the 2 Freeway.
“I have to say, I’ve been fairly schizophrenic the last few months,” Buck said Tuesday. “When my son was killed, I was doing publicity in New York and we flew back for the service and everything. I was there for about two weeks before we kind of had to get rolling again. But I think it was a good distraction.”
At his first Golden Globes ceremony Sunday, Buck took the stage to accept the award with fellow director Jennifer Lee. They thanked those who helped make the film, and Buck added, “And we want to thank all of the fans who have taken ‘Frozen’ into their hearts.” Continue reading “A Golden Moment After Dark Days for the Buck Family”