December 31, 2015

2017 Cancer Unwrapped

The goal of the Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest is to provide teens a place to share their stories, whether it's through their own cancer diagnosis or that of a loved one. We want to hear about their experience, and allow them to use their voice. Since we opened the contest in 2006, more than 25,000 submissions have been received and we have awarded more than $120,000 in cash prizes.  Currently the contest is open to high school students in Washington State and to middle school students in the Puget Sound area.  Entry forms for the 2018 contest will be posted in September.  Please contact Liz Lange for more information.

The Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest is judged by a panel of esteemed members of the community including writers, politicians, business leaders, doctors, and educators.  Click here for the 2017 judging panel.

On May 7th, KIRO 7 co-anchor Monique Ming Laven emceed an awards reception at Cancer Pathways to honor the winners of the 2017 Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest. Winners read their essays and letters to audience of family members, contest judges and contest supporters. We are grateful to all who participated in this special event.


High School Category Winners

Jose Barbosa
A Blessing in Disguise


Hayven Geary
This I Believe

Renee Hollopeter
A Quiet Fear

Colton Matter

Makenzie Norman
Dear Daddy

Melanie Rittierodt
The Six Year Relationship

Isabelle Starr
Big Brown Eyes

Middle School Category Winners

Maverick Darley
My Dog and My Dad

Josephine Mowatt
The Monster


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