Northwest Cancer Clinic in Kennewick on Monday announced the winners of its story writing contest in which people were encouraged to write about loved ones' battles with breast cancer.
Participants were invited to write during the month of October about "the courage and inspiration of a person they know who has faced breast cancer," a news release said.
Janice Lloyd and her sister Barbara Grant, who live in Benton City, each won $500 for Lloyd's essay about Grant's "incredible courage and unfailing bravery" as she faced a mastectomy.
Grant also is battling a diagnosis of aggressive head and throat cancer requiring surgery, including facial reconstruction, in Seattle.
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"Although I know she has hard moments, I have never seen her cry or be depressed," Lloyd wrote. "How will this story end? We do not know. There are still so many unanswered questions. But this much I do know. It will be a story of great faith and inspiration. Barbara will be the hero and she will have us all laughing."
Danica Lerch, 9, of Kennewick, won a $100 special recognition award from judges for her essay about her mother's breast cancer diagnosis and treatment and its effect on their family.
"It is cool to have a mom like my mom," Danica wrote. "She is strong and I think she is stronger than anyone I know. She is a true survivor!"