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Andre Sobel Award – 2013-14

Are you between the ages of 12-21 and the survivor of a catastrophic illness?  You are invited to submit your entry for the  2013-14 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 sick.” Andre Sobel Award 2013-14 Application Package

The Andre Sobel Award is named for the teenage son of Valerie and Erwin Sobel who lost his life to a brain tumor at the age of 19. To honor his memory and his love for literature and writing, his mother created the Andre Sobel Award to reward young people who are survivors of catastrophic illness.  The Award solicits voices of young survivors and provides catharsis through the process of writing about a life-altering time.  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.