A blog about the amazing things teenagers do, about writing for teens, books for teens, and occasional forays into my world and the world of publishing.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Teens Doing Great Things--Christina and Ali

This is going to be a quick post because I'm trying to squeeze the last bit of summer out of the long weekend. (Cannon Beach, Oregon, with my husband and kids.)

For this week's teens doing great things I'm featuring Christina and Ali, singers competing on NBC's America's got Talent. (Although technically Christina is twenty.) If you are into America's Got Talent, and maybe even if you aren't, by now you've probably heard of Christina and Ali, currently one of the top ten acts in the competition.

Christina and Ali are sisters with Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic and deadly lung disease. Despite their disease they have the courage and strength to get on stage in front of millions of viewers and sing their hearts out. They sing beautifully, especially considering their decreased lung capacity.

A cool thing to note this pair is from Idaho Falls, Idaho, a town that's only an hour away from where I grew up. Go Idaho girls!
I don't watch a lot of TV, but was introduced to Ali and Christina by my sister-in-law, author, Angela Morrison. Ali and Christina's story struck a familiar chord with her. Angela's daughter sang with the talented Amabile choir in Ontario, Canada. Their she met another young singer with CF, Matt Quaife. His story inspired Angela to write her book, SING ME TO SLEEP. Read the book, and then read Angela's moving tribute to Matt on her blog.

Christina and Ali have made it to the top ten acts in America's Got Talent. They'll be showing their voices and their strength on the show on Tuesday. I can't wait to see them and wish them the best of luck.

Click here to see a clip of Christina and Ali performing on America's Got Talent.

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