A Little Boy Dies of Cancer

"Fly (Alex's Song)"
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In Memory of Alex Haws, 2003-2007 &
All the Lives His Has Touched

(Lyrics) - Some people live many years upon this earth
And others like you my boy stay shorter
But after your time is through, there is more in store for you
For love is the key that will hold us together, after you

Fly up to the sky where you can soar above this town
Fly up to the sky where you can always look down
On the house where you lived and the people who love you here
Where we値l stand on the ground and we値l whisper our love to the air up there
Where you値l fly, where you値l play
Where we値l remember every day

Some people are strong inside, but I致e known none as strong as you
You致e taught me that strong inside is something I could become too
And all of those long, long nights, where you let me lay by you
Have filled me with love inside, of a kind I never knew
Till I loved you, so take that love and

Fly up to the sky where you can soar above this town
Fly up to the sky where you can always look down
On the house where you lived and the people who love you here
Where we値l stand on the ground and we値l whisper our love to the air up there
Where you値l fly, where you値l play
Where we値l remember your sweetness and your strength

You致e reached out your hand to me and let me look deep in your eyes
You loved each one of us three enough to last a whole lifetime
And if it痴 time to set you free, then may you go in peace
But know always that we love you, to infinity, so now

Fly up to the sky where you can soar above this town
Fly up to the sky where you can always look down
On the house where you lived and the people who love you here
Where we値l stand on the ground and we値l whisper our love to the air up there
Where you値l fly, where you値l play
Where we値l remember the words you used to say:
I will be all right.
I will be okay
I am all right
I am okay
No more pain
Today

© 2009 Anna Huckabee Tull


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Alexander Michael Haws
November 14, 2002 - October 24, 2007

Our son, Alex, fought hepatoblastoma, a liver cancer, for three years before we were told that it was terminal and he would not survive. During those three years, Alex went into remission three times, and each time his cancer returned. Alex fought harder than I have ever seen anyone fight. He would not let cancer keep him down. He took his bad days as well as his good. He always had a smile on his face and a “kick-butt” attitude. If he didn’t like something, he was quick to tell you.

In 2007, about a month before Alex passed away, we were faced with having to plan his funeral. I wondered, “How does a parent plan a funeral for their four-year-old son?” But we did. It was a difficult process, to say the least. I was only 26 years old at the time and had been to very few funerals, let alone a child’s. One thing I wanted as part of making Alex’s funeral special was to play a song that would paint a picture of who Alex was in his life. Yet, finding that song became a daunting task. All of the songs I could find sounded as if they were more for older people who had lived full lives and died, not for a very young child. The more I looked, the more frustrated I became.

Around 3:00 A.M. one morning when I was up with Alex, I happened upon Anna Huckabee Tull’s website. I sent her an email requesting information on commissioning a song, and she emailed me back the very next day asking about our son. Anna seemed to understand that I needed something that captured the essence of our little boy. In fact, she seemed to be the only one at that point who understood. So one afternoon we sat on the phone for about two hours talking about Alex, our family, and what we had all been through.

Over the next few weeks, Anna worked incredibly hard on Fly. When I heard Alex’s song for the first time, I could not stop crying because it WAS Alex’s song in every way. Anna captured Alex’s essence perfectly and made him come alive for all eternity. The MP3 of the finished song arrived in one of Alex’s last days before he passed. Alex got to hear it, and I watched him while he listened to it. As soon as I started to play Fly, he rolled over, faced the music of that beautiful song, and did not roll back over until it was over.

Fly is not just a funeral song dedicated to our little boy’s life—it is much, much more. Fly is also a memory that we can listen to anytime we want. Alex’s song tells of his life, as well as how he is flying above and watching down upon us every day. Alex is my angel in the sky, and Anna will be forever my angel on earth. She gave our family something that we so badly needed at just the right time. I will be forever thankful to her. Every day I miss Alex immensely, but I find comfort in listening to Fly and thinking of our beautiful little boy in heaven.