FHS 9th grader flies to London to behonored by Lymphoma Association
Friendswood High School ninth grader Alex Rudd will miss a few classes this week but the reason is a good one. Rudd has been selected to receive one of this year’s Beacons of Hope Awards by the Lymphoma Association in the United Kingdom. He flew to England yesterday to accept the award that only 25 people will receive.
This all began when Rudd’s friend, Nils at his former school, Singapore American School, was diagnosed with Lymphoma last year. Rudd wrote asong for him Turning Grey Skies to Blue, to help him through his treatment, and to raise money for Lymphoma charities in the USA, UK and Singapore. His song is now on iTunes and he made a video to spread the word about lymphoma and other blood cancers.
A few months ago, his mom, a Special Education Inclusion Aide at Cline Elementary in Friendswood ISD, nominated him for a Beacons of Hope Award that the Lymphoma Association give out to people who have shown great strength, or support, or have raised awareness of lymphoma in unique and creative ways.
“We found out just before school started that Alex has been selected to receive one of this year’s 25 awards, and we had arranged for his grandparents to collect the award on his behalf. As the flights are so expensive, and school has only just started, and he had Wizard of Oz rehearsal commitments, Alex believed that there was no way he would be able to go himself,” his mom, Caroline Clarke said. “However, we have worked it all out,and he flew to London yesterday.
Alex’s video of Turning Grey Skies To Blue for Nils can be seen here:
The video of his song and Nils’ cancer story is on YouTube is:
The link to download his song on iTunes is: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/turning-grey-skies-to-blue/id643981110?i=643981214
The link to donate to the Lymphoma Research Foundation in the USis : http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/alexrudd/alexruddsfundraisingpage
September is Blood Cancer Awareness month, and every download of his song is another donation to the Lymphoma Association in the USA.
The photo of Rudd was taken by his mom and used for his CD cover.He asked her for a specific look.
“He designed the idea for his photo from his song ‘Turning Grey Skies To Blue’ that is the icon used on iTunes. I took the photo exactly to his instructions, with just the blue sky behind him!” Clarke said.
Rudd is active in Choir and Drama in both junior high and highschool. Last year he competed for online voting to be the Rodeo Rock Star at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He enjoys writing songs and performing them.