GLENDALE, Calif., April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Renal Support Network (RSN), a nonprofit, patient-focused, patient-run organization that provides nonmedical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD), encourages people with kidney disease to let their voices be heard by entering RSN's 13th Annual Patient Essay Contest. This year's theme is, "How Have You Used Your Experiences to Give Hope to Others with Kidney Disease?" All submissions must be written by someone who has been diagnosed with CKD.
Lori Hartwell, RSN's founder and president and the author of Chronically Happy: Joyful Living In Spite of Chronic Illness, said, "people who live successfully with a chronic illness like kidney disease know firsthand the importance of sharing their experiences and inspiring their peers." She added, "There is an abundance of talent within the renal patient community and RSN's Annual Essay Contest has proven that over the years. Every year I am so excited to read the incredible stories that people who have kidney disease share with us."
Contest winners will receive cash prizes: First Place, $500; Second Place, $300; and Third Place, $100. The submission deadline is August 1st and winners' names will be announced after September 10th, 2015 and the winning essays will be featured in RSN's publication, Live & Give, and posted on RSNHope.org.
For further information about the contest, rules and to read previous winning essays visit www.rsnhope.org/essaycontest/
Thanks to the Support of Amgen, Astellas, Dialysis Clinics Inc., Fresenius Medical Care, NxStage Medical, Sanofi, U.S. Renal Care and National Renal Administrators Association.
The Renal Support Network (RSN) is a nonprofit, patient-focused, patient-run organization that provides nonmedical services to those affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD). RSN strives to help patients develop their personal coping skills, special talents, and employability by educating and empowering them and their family members to take control of the course and management of the disease. RSN has several patient centered programs including an Annual Renal Teen Prom, KidneyTalk Podcast, Live & Give Newsletter, Patient Educational Meetings, Peer Support Phone Line, Embrace Hope Jewelry Line made by people who have kidney disease and advocates for people with kidney disease on a national basis. Visit RSNhope.org.
SOURCE Renal Support Network