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And the winner is . . .

Posted Feb 23 2011 12:00am

Thank you all for your patience while the judges and I carefully considered each of the poems submitted to this season of the Patient Press poetry contest regarding Cystic Fibrosis. A special thanks to our judges, Layne Simpson and Piper Beatty, who gave their time during a very busy season.

A congratulations, as well, to all that submitted. All of the entries were moving and it was an honor to read them.  In the coming posts, we will be sharing all of the poems submitted so that you can all benefit. If you submitted, please send me an email at with any info you want me to post. I recommend a short bio and your blog address, if you have one.

Thanks! Without further ado . . .

First Place Poem: He’s Not Gaining Weight by Lydia Samad
Second Place Poem: Four Poems by Katelyn Bush
Third Place Poem: All I Ask by Katelyn Malene Sims

The text of the three winning poems is below. The finalists will be posted soon! Thank you all for submitting. Truly, it was an honor.

Lydia Samad is the mother of a 7 year old boy with Cystic Fibrosis. She lives in Texas, and her website can be found at A

SECOND PLACE – Four Poems by Katelyn Bush

4.1 Life with Lung Disease

Katelyn Malene Sims is a CF Patient who lives in Florida.


Once again, our great congratulations and appreciation to all entrants. The 4 additional finalists will be posted next week, and the week following, we will post the rest of the submissions. Thank you so!


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