A Winning Poem from the BMC Cancer Awareness Poetry Competition 2019 by Aida Cavalic

We received amazing entries from talented poets across the globe, for our first poetry competition. Anyone affected by cancer—a current patient, a survivor, friends, family, researchers, doctors—was able to enter, and we were amazed by the originality and diversity of submissions. Two entries were selected as our winners. One of the winning poems is presented below—please click here to view the other winning entry.


May 2019


Aida Cavalic

Aida Cavalic was born in Banja Luka in then-Yugoslavia. She and her family arrived to the United States as refugees, settling in Massachusetts. Aida graduated from Wellesley College and went on to pursue an MA in economics in Brussels, followed by an MA in nationalism studies in Budapest. By day, Aida is a financial analyst, because she didn’t think she could make a living writing fiction and poetry. She currently lives in Washington, DC with her wife, two small children, and a very lazy cat.


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