RSN's 14th Annual Essay Contest is Closed. We will announce the Winners in Mid-September!

THIS YEAR'S THEME: "What Do You Know Now About Chronic Kidney Disease That You Wish You’d Known When You Were Diagnosed? 

First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $300
Third Prize: $100

Last Years Winning Essays!


THEME: "How Have You Used Your Experiences to Give Hope to Others with Kidney Disease?"

1st Place – “Helping Other People Evolve” by Debbie Sorensen
2nd Place – “Stepping Stones” by Gordon Merle Labuhn
3rd Place – “A Stranger’s Voice” by Chris R. Cala
Honorable Mention – "Give Me a Cheer” by Dr. Sharon England
Honorable Mention – “My Pal Hope” by Sasha Couch 

“I am inspired every year by the incredible essays we receive. We received so many essays. The theme about hope spoke to many authors,” said Lori Hartwell, RSN’s founder and president. It is always a treat to contact the winners. This year’s 1st place winner Debbie Sorensen said, “When I saw the notice for the essay contest, I thought maybe I didn’t have enough experience to share my story. Then, after reading last year’s essays, I thought why not - we all have a story to tell. I am thrilled to inspire others, and to win is just incredible. I try to inspire my students as a high school teacher every day, and am pleased my story will be shared.”  



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Commemorative Essay Book

Learn more about this collection of 10 years of winning essays! Published in 2013 and available for purchase. Click Here