Welcome to the Andre Sobel Award 2016

Are you a teen survivor of a catastrophic illness ages 12-21? Or do you know someone who is? 
If so, we welcome you to enter this year’s Andre Sobel Award and tell your story so that others may learn from your experience.

Guidelines and the application package are posted via the link at the bottom of this page.

The deadline for submissions is midnight Pacific time, Sunday January 31, 2016.


Why was the Andre Sobel Award created?

Young people who are diagnosed with a life threatening illness are set off on a journey that is different from adult experience.

For a young person, peers are the most important citizens of their world, and a painful consequence of illness can be isolation from these friends, a loss which is among the harshest to bear.  They are not forgotten, but the relationships with friends become strained and many will fall silent, feeling a loss of words or afraid to say the wrong thing.

In recognition of Andre’s struggle with this challenge (that happens all too often for other young people), and to honor his memory and his love for literature and writing, the Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation offers an annual essay award for survivors of catastrophic illness.

The winning essays ultimately will be  published online and in other formats to provide a road map that will help young people communicate and “be” in this uncharted territory.  While Andre Sobel was not able to pursue his plans for college and beyond, it is the intention of the Andre Sobel Award that winners use their award funds in any way they choose to fulfill a cherished dream.

Click here to access the 2016 Andre Sobel Award package.

To learn about the 2015 Andre Sobel Award Winners, click here