Winner of the 2019 Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest

Losing my Father

Well-known antonyms for hope: doubt, despair, pessimism. Most people forget to add ‘cancer’ to that list. For me, hopelessness was the only thing I felt throughout my father’s struggle with cancer. If hope was the thing with feathers, then hopelessness must have been the ball of abnormal cells in my father’s throat. My father was Read more about Losing my Father[…]

Celestine Caplan

we planned our future, but then the present came crashing down

How do you break the news to a nine-year-old that her little brother is dying? I am Victor’s sister. I grew up in the only house he ever got to live in. On March 1st, 2007, we moved into a house in Ravenna. Four days later, a newborn Victor came home from the hospital. He Read more about we planned our future, but then the present came crashing down[…]

Truth and Triumph

A loss is something that everyone has to deal with at one point in time. For most, it’s during their adulthood when their grandparents or parents pass on. However, I experienced a great loss when I was only 13 years old when my father died from stomach cancer. At the time of his diagnosis, I Read more about Truth and Triumph[…]

Winner of the 2019 Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest

Strongest Parents

Life in the Fisher household was just like any other family. My mom Liz was a stay home mom, and my dad Bill worked as a pharmacist. We were a normal family, fighting, laughing and enjoying life together. Everything changed in 2012 when I was in 5th grade. ‘Kaeli I have cancer,’ Those four words Read more about Strongest Parents[…]