Teen Essay Contest

Has cancer somehow changed your life?

Are you a cancer survivor?

Have you helped a family member or friend deal with cancer?

Has cancer been in your life?

Your story deserves to be heard!

A cancer diagnosis can unleash a storm of emotions, questions, and unexpected discoveries, not just for the person with cancer – but even for family and friends. We are looking for honest, detailed, personal essays by young writers in 6th -12th grades who demonstrate an authentic ability to move readers by sharing their experience with cancer.

Contest Prizes for the top 3 in the Middle School and the top 3 High School Contests!

Next Contest begins January 2018!


CSCGP is excited to announce the winners of our
2017 It’s Always Something Teen Essay Contests!

We are so proud to sharing the touching stories of all the entries from the contest. We hope you enjoy the essays of these amazing teenagers.

Middle School

1st place Amouri Tomlin – Stranded – Drexel Hill Middle School in the Upper Darby School District

2nd place Hannah White – Dear Dumb Cancer and the Silver Lining – Greenfield Elementary School in the School District of Philadelphia

3rd place Marco Barila – Don’t Worry Mommy, I will be your Crutches – Cooper Beech Elementary in the Abington School District


High School

1st place – Jennifer Guo – A Long Battle – Council Rock High School South

2nd prize – Allyson Rychlak – Three – Central Bucks High School South

3rd prize – Brooke Kelly – An Unexpected Passenger – The Episcopal Academy


All other entries:

Cancer Genetics Lifestyles and Mood by Sarah L

Cancer The Destroyer of Families by John S

Dark Days Brighter Futures by Daniel W

I Miss You by Lillian D

Daves Journey by Ashley H

I’m Doing Okay by Jina L

Just for Jen by Colin F

Nanybird by Austin R

Keep On Keppin’ On by Collin B

My Best Friends Fight by Melina R

No More by Tori B

Paint by Madeline C

The Impact of Cancer by Davib B

The Journey by Ashley B

We are Stronger than Cancer by Matteo B