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The Maureen Clarke Grant Program

In honor of the founder's mother, Maureen Clarke, we've started this grant program where each year we will give at least two $1,000 grants to help young adult cancer patients pay cancer bills. 

To Apply:

  • Email your complete name, address, telephone number and date of birth. Participant must include their birth date and signature on entry form certifying that he/she is, at least 21 years of age and no more than 49 years of age as of March 1 of the current year.

  • Send with the fully completed entry form along with a type-written essay from 500 words, no exceptions) that provides a humorous anecdote about the applicant’s personal encounter in dealing with cancer.

  • Also send a paragraph about why you should receive the grant, along with a headshot.

  • Include complete name and address for the individual submitting the essay on the essay. Mail entry form and essay to: Humor Beats Cancer, Inc., 1515 South Prairie Ave., No. 809, Chicago, Illinois 60605 or email it to

  • All grant entries/essays must be postmarked by March 31 of that year.

  • LIMIT: One entry per person. Incomplete or illegible entries, entries without a signature or not including birth date will not be honored. Sponsor not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, illegible, incomplete, incorrect, misrouted or postage due entries/mail. Entries/essays become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.


  • Each essay will be ranked in the following criteria: (a) Originality/Creativity (50%), and (b) Financial Need (50%).

  • Entrant whose essay earns the highest overall score will win. In the event of a tie, winner will be

selected based on the Originality/Creativity criterion.

Essay must be original, of entrant’s own writing style and creation. Essay must not have been entered in any other competition or violate the rights of other parties. Essay may not be offensive or defamatory, as determined by the judges.

  • Participant assigns and transfers to Sponsor all rights, title and interest to the essay.

  • Winner selection conducted by independent judges, whose decisions are final.

  • Judging will be conducted by or about April 30 of that year.

If you have any questions, please email

Full Rules and Details Available Here.

Past Recipients:


Catherine Brown 

Colleen Gardiner

Caroline Ward

Stephanie Kennelly


Alana Donovan

Lisa Siciliano

Tonia Bartz


Elle Veitch


Christine Alejandro

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