Winners of the 7th Annual Essay Contest

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


Strawberry – 1st Place Winner, 7th Annual Essay Contest

Pema Chodron, an American Buddhist nun, tells the story of a woman being chased through the jungle by tigers. She comes to the edge...
For the Love of the Game

For the Love of the Game – 2nd Place Winner, 7th Annual Essay Contest

“Hey, batter, batter, SWING!”  These are some beautiful words to my ears. I’ve been a hemodialysis patient for fourteen years, but, more importantly, I’ve...

Dancing in the Rain – 3rd Place Winner, 7th Annual Essay Contest

I was born in 1934 in the middle of the first big depression. We had very little in the way of toys or things...
Find Time to Play

Find Time to Play – Junior Achievement Award, 7th Annual Essay Contest

When I was 5 years old the doctors discovered that both of my kidneys were not working and I had to have surgery to...

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Keep Smilin’ – Honorable Mention 15th Annual Essay Contest

Dear Positivity, I have a confession to make to you Positivity: I want to be you. People always said I was you, because I would flash...