On a rainy afternoon, a young man of 19 was driving home from work. His car slid, then went out of control and landed on an embankment. There was no other car involved, and he was trapped for some time.
Through our annual Andre Sobel Essay Award, we ask teen survivors of catastrophic illness to reflect on how illness has changed them. I am very proud to present the work of Colette Jaycox, our second place winner.
I learn that Daniela's two-year struggle has ended. She is the beloved 14-year-old daughter of Bernardine. Her passing reinforces this commitment to give those like Bernardine and Daniela the gift of time together.