2009 Essay Contest Winners

THEME: "What Helps Me Live a Joyful Life in Spite of Kidney Disease?”


1st Place

By Ronda Matthews Cluff
Ronda compares her struggle with PKD with the story of Pema Chondra, and the way her daughter brings her hope.

2nd Place

For the Love of the Game
By Marvin Burney
Marvin writes about his focus as youth baseball coach, his illness did not keep him from being involved in what he loves most, baseball.

3rd Place

Dancing in the Rain
By Jorita Lehman
Becoming informed helped Jorita overcome fears and see Dialysis with a positive attitude. Two years later she is feeling better and enjoying life.

Best Spanish Essay

La Risa es la Mejor Medicina! (Laughter is the best medicine) by Barbara Velasques

Junior Achievement Award

Find Time to Play by Brandon Albert