The Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation: Celebrating Ten Years of giving the Gift of Time.

Andre Sobel Award 2015

canvasAre you between the ages of 12-21 and the survivor of a catastrophic illness?  You are invited to submit your entry for the  2015 Andre Sobel Award, a national essay contest honoring your journey with illness.   First prize is $5,000 for the winner to use to fulfill a cherished dream.  This year’s essay topic is “The letter I wished a friend or relative had sent me when I was ill.”  Entry guidelines and instructions are included in the:  Andre Sobel Award 2015 Application Package

The deadline for submitting entries is May 15, 2015. 

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 this annual essay award for survivors of catastrophic illness.

The winning essays ultimately will be  published in a book 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.