Renal Support Network’s annual essay contest for people who have kidney disease inspires people to share their experience with others. Winners receive cash prizes and are featured in RSN’s publication, Live & Give, newsletter and on RSNHope.org.
The theme this year was “Theme: “Who inspires, encourages or educates you on how to live well with kidney disease?” Entrants needed to meet only one qualification— to have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. Thank you to everyone who entered RSN’s 15th annual essay contest!
This year’s first place winner, Gordon Labuhn, wrote about attitude and how it impacts others. He said “One’s attitude toward life is like a boomerang. What you give away is what you receive back. I was astounded to learn I won first place! I want my peers to recognize that they should never give up and keep a positive attitude even if there are bumps in the road.”
“We receive so many wonderful essays from people across the United States – it is always hard for the judges to choose. These essays show the resilience of my peers who are struggling with chronic kidney disease and it is a privilege for me to read them every year,” said Lori Hartwell, President and Founder of Renal Support Network.
Joy Araujo, who took second place with her essay about kidney campers describes how unexpected inspiration came from the kids whom she signed up to be a camp counselor for. She said, “I’m newly transplanted – just a year ago. I appreciate this opportunity to share my journey because we all need to express ourselves and we all have a story to tell.”
Stacy Hoblitzell, who took third place with his essay titled Mom. She donated a kidney to him and taught him valuable lesson he carries with him today. He said, “This essay contest has encouraged me to write more!”