Target: Kylie Simonds
Goal: Praise girl who developed a backpack that can accommodate for the needs of children with cancer
Rhabdomysarcoma, a type of cancer that afflicts children’s bones and tissues making it difficult to move, has led to an IV Pediatric Backpack for Kids with Cancer. Although only eleven, Kylie Simonds, a rhabdomysarcoma survivor, has created a backpack that can benefit children with cancer for years to come by providing them with more freedom. Annually, more than 175,000 children will suffer from some sort of childhood cancer, so Simonds has literally lightened the load from the IV that children with cancer must carry to live.
The backpack design has a small, light pole to stabilize the IV, a protective covering for the bag, an IV controller to deliver a steady flow, and a built-in battery. Keeping in mind that the Hello Kitty design that Kylie created for herself may not suit other children, she made sure that other backpacks could easily have the same system transferred.
Her efforts did not go unrecognized. Kylie’s teachers entered her backpack in the Connecticut Invention Convention in which it won a Patent Award. The honor could possibly lead to the backpack becoming a mass distributed product under the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Kylie refuses to stop there though. With her parents’ assistance, Kylie seeks to earn money to research a way to invent a fully functional device. Kylie cites her friends who also have cancer or a physical disability as her inspiration to keep on inventing.
Experts in pediatric oncology are overjoyed by the backpack, thoroughly backing its beneficial effects. Furthermore, people have already made donations to make more backpacks for children with rhabdomysarcoma and offered their services to advertise the product to the public.
Please thank Simonds for her ingenuity and her care for those who struggle with cancer.
Thank you for your backpack invention that allows children to live more freely and more confidently. Whether taking their first steps at school or walking in a mall, children should not have to be burdened by their disease or disability.
While many children work to fit into the crowd at your age, you have worked to help those who stand out, demonstrating maturity beyond your years. Best of luck on creating an even more compact IV device. Please continue to help the thousands of children who are afflicted with cancer each year.
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Photo Credit: Chris Weller via Medical Daily