Congratulations to the winners of our 2018 Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest! This year we received hundreds of essay submissions and each one was thoughtful and honest. The contest will re-open in the fall of 2018. Please contact Liz Lange at email@example.com with any questions or to request more information.
In 2006, Cancer Pathways recognized that there was an unmet need to reach teens affected by cancer in the Puget Sound region. So we created a contest for high school students to share their experience with cancer for the opportunity to win cash prizes. Our initial belief that teens needed to share their stories was confirmed and the contest quickly grew to include teens throughout Washington State. Since the contest began, we have received more than 2,900 entries and awarded over $135,000 in cash prizes.
The goal of Cancer Unwrapped® is to provide teens with a place to tell their stories, whether it’s their own diagnosis or that of a loved one. We want to hear about their own experience, and allow them to use their own voice. Over the years we have received essays about family members, teachers and friends, as well as essays about cancer in the abstract. We have received stories of triumph and great loss, stories written in times of turbulence and in times of quiet reflection. Every story has been honest and heartfelt, and each one is unique.