Centennial High School student, Raymond Cruz, will perform on one of the most iconic stages in Nashville, the Ryman Auditorium on July 18, 2017.
Cruz is dealing with something most youth don’t have to worry about. He was diagnosed with stage four Ewing’s-like Sarcoma cancer six months ago.
While most patients dread treatments, Cruz developed a special relationship with his radiation doctor.
“Dr. Stavas and I hit it off from the very first time we met. Every Thursday was my doctor checkup with Stavas. I had 5 days radiation. I’m sure most patients would dread another doctor appointment. But not me, I looked forward to seeing Dr. Stavas. Of course, the checkup was mainly about my health. But then music was our connection. Music helped both of us forget what I was going through.”
The event on Tuesday evening at the Ryman titled “Music City Harmonies for Hope” is presented by Franklin Brentwood Arts & Academy and Allegro Music & Dance Academy. Cruz shared how he and Dr. Stavas became a part of the event.
“Our family friends the “Franklin Brentwood Arts Academy” called my mom to see if I would like to perform at the Ryman. FBAA Studio has been so supportive to my family and I. Their students not only performed at a Benefit Concert held in May to help my family but they also held their own fundraiser’s at their studio during some of their fall performances.”
After agreeing to perform, Cruz selected the song “Brand New Day” but decided his performance needed to be a duet.
“I was talking over with my mom what song I would perform and I remembered a song that Dr. Stavas told me about called ‘Brand New Day’ by Joshua Radin. The lyrics of the song states a positive message that I want to share with everyone. So that is the reason I picked it. Once I decided on the song, I knew I had to ask Dr. Stavas to perform with me and there was no hesitation from him, he said ‘of course!'”
As most patients would be happy to end their radiation treatments, Cruz shared with us that he has mixed emotions.
“It’s funny I’m happy radiation is done. But sad I won’t see all the wonderful people I saw daily and that I won’t see my bud Dr. Stavas. Just means I have to find more places for us to perform.”
Purchase your tickets online for the concert taking place on Tuesday, July 18th, a portion of the proceeds will go to Cruz’s cancer fund.