Cedarbrook’s Gabriela Fernandez Takes Second in Cancer Support Community Essay Contest
Cedarbrook eighth grader Gabriela Fernandez earned a $200 prize as the runner up in the middle school category of the Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia’s (CSCGP) eighth annual Ben Strauss Essay contest. Teens from across Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Philadelphia and Delaware counties were invited to write an essay about their experience with cancer in their lives. Fernandez penned the essay “True Beauty,” about the strength her mother illustrated in her ultimately victorious battle against cancer.
“Please note the bravery it took to write and share these essays,” said Christina Wise, CSCGP Children and Teens Program Manager. “Not only do these teens have to deal with the struggles that come to all teenagers, but they also have to deal with having cancer in their life. These kids wrote about the most difficult thing they have ever faced and were willing to share it publicly.”
So no one faces cancer alone, the CSCGP strives to ensure all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. The organization provides a comprehensive professional program of social and emotional support and education designed to enhance the mind, body, and spirit of people whose lives have been affected by cancer. All programs and services are provided at no cost to participants (members) so there’s never a barrier for anyone who needs cancer support.