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Cancer Conqueror’s Invention to Help Kids in Chemo



Meet Kylie Simonds, an 11-year old cancer conqueror and inventor who is now on her way to starting a line of “Chemo Backpacks” for fellow pediatric cancer patients.  The idea for the backpack came to Kylie from her own experience during her 46-week chemotherapy treatment to battle the soft tissue cancer rhabdomyosarcoma.    While in therapy, Kylie found the heavy IV poles with their multiple wires very restrictive, making it hard to move and necessitating assistance whenever she needed to walk.  Now cancer free, Kylie has designed a self-contained IV-drip system able to be carried by a child in a stylish backpack.

(Pediatric IV Backpack Prototype. Image Credit: GoFundMe)

(Kylie sports her invention. Image Credit: GoFundMe)

Kylie’s invention won multiple awards at the recent Connecticut Invention Convention, including the provisional patent award.  Read more about Kylie’s creation and her efforts to get it into mass production at Fox News and WTNH News 8.

Kristen E. Strubberg is the Editor-in-Chief for TGNR. Kristen founded TGNR in 2013 - seeking to create a high quality platform for original, eclectic and substantive positive news journalism by attracting expert contributors in many varying subjects. Kristen also works as a clinical medical researcher in Cardiology, with an original background in Neuroscience. Her passion for science has translated to her science-fiction specialization, with her highly adept published insights into the best of sci-fi’s popular culture. Kristen has served as TGNR’s Editor-in-Chief since 2013.