A documentary by Ridge Point High School students Kaitlin Catuiza, Kathleen Cruz, and Sneha Joseph earned the People’s Choice Award and also tied for First Place Documentary at the third annual Fort Bend ISD Film Festival. “World Changers: The Alyssa Ferguson Story” focuses on the legacy that freshman Ferguson left behind after losing her battle to cancer last year. The documentary also won first prize in its category. The Fergusons were deeply touched by the film and grateful to these students for telling Alyssa’s story in such a powerful way. Congratulations, girls!
After Alyssa’s passing, FOX26 News beautifully told Alyssa’s story of faith and service.
Watch the story below.
Or read the story and see photos on the Fox26 website.
U.S. Representative Pete Olson who once shared Alyssa’s story to his fellow colleagues in the House, shared that Alyssa passed away and honored her by having her passing entered into the Congressional Record.
His statement reads:
“WELCOME HOME, ALYSSA
(Mr. OLSON asked and was given permission
to address the House for 1
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. OLSON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today
with hope, thanks, and renewed faith. I
am joyful because of a young lady from
home, Alyssa Ferguson. She was born
on January 7, 2002.
Two days after her 12th birthday,
Alyssa was told that she had a tumor
the size of a baseball in her brain. She
did not flinch; she fought—six brain
surgeries, three rounds of radiation,
and nine rounds of chemotherapy.
On January 26, our angel used her
wings to fly to God. She always had
those wings the entire time she was
with us here on Earth. She used her
dying wish to have a water well dug in
a small town in Africa. Extraordinary.
If you close your eyes, you can feel
Welcome home, Alyssa.”
Click here to view the Congressional Record entry.
CW39 ran a story about Alyssa’s Make a Wish to build a water well on their NewsFix news program.
Watch the story below:
or read about the story on their website.
Alyssa was granted a wish from Make A Wish. She could travel anywhere. Do anything. Meet anyone famous. Her choice. She decided to have a well built for a village in Africa. This was inspired by the Matthew West song “Do Something” and the book “A Long Walk To Water” by Linda Sue Park.
Make A Wish generously fulfilled this wish! Now, the village of Murehwa, Zimbabwe has fresh, clean, water flowing from a new well. Thank you, Make A Wish for making Alyssa’s wish come true!