2011 Essay Contest Winners

THEME: “What hobby helps improve your quality of life and helps you forget the many challenges kidney disease presents?”


1st Place


A Breath of Fresh Air
By Valen Cover
"I am proud to say I am not only surviving but I am thriving", Valen's positive outlook as a transplant recipient and outdoor enthusiast.

2nd Place

She's Gone to Pot
By Ellen Sonenthal
Ellen writes about her relationship with pottery how it relates to her kidney disease and dialysis.

3rd Place

Music Moves Me
By Gary Severson
Gary writes of his relation with music as it relates to him as patient and transplant recipient. Music has helped him drop his blood pressure.


Honorable Mentions

Let Go and Play By Kelly Chuba of Harrisburg, PA


My Life with Clorox By Jasmine Davis of Houston, TX

The Odd Ones By Keith Matthews of Crowley, LA

For the Love of Cooking By Versie McCullough of Tyler, TX

The Power of Water By Mary Wu of Ossining, NY