Cancer Survivor's Stylish Invention Could Help Other Kids Get Through Chemotherapy
Kylie Simonds knows what it’s like to try to be a regular kid while undergoing chemotherapy. Three years ago, she was diagnosed with a soft tissue cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. Thanks to treatment, she’s been cancer-free for two years, WTNH reported.
In that time, Kylie, now 11, invented a portable pediatric IV backpack so kids can regain some mobility while undergoing chemotherapy or receiving transfusions. With the backpack, they wouldn’t have to push or pull unsightly IV poles.
“Kylie’s backpack couldn’t be just any backpack,” her GoFundMe page reads. “Because of the fasionista that she is, these would have to be colorful, gender specific and awesome.”
Her invention took home four prizes from this year’s Connecticut Invention Convention, including a top honor — the Patent Award, which allows the backpack to be submitted to the US Patent & Trademark Office with the sponsor covering all costs.
“I think it’s a wonderful idea,” Birte Wistinghausen, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology at The Mount Sinai Hospital, told Yahoo Health. “The stigma would fall away from seeing an IV pole [and] it would be very useful for pediatric oncology patients in providing them much more mobility and freedom.”
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