Eleven-year-old cancer survivor Kylie Simonds is an extremely impressive child. Beating cancer at such a young age is an applause-worthy feat in itself, but what she’s accomplished in her time since deserves just as much attention.
One of Kylie’s least favorite parts from her bout with cancer was the heavy IV pole she had to tote around with her. Kylie had no choice but to use the pole while she was sick, but once she was healthy she wasted no time putting her entrepreneurial spirit to work.
Prompted by a school assignment asking students to come up with a product that would make the world a better place, Kylie invented the i-Pack -- an IV backpack specifically designed to accommodate chemotherapy equipment.
Kylie’s idea was praised by her teachers and took home the top award at the annual UConn Invention Convention. Since her product took home top honors at the UConn event, the backpack earned an automatic patent bid. She has a year to come up with a fully functioning prototype.
Here’s a picture of Kylie holding a mock-up of her product:
And here’s a sketch showing how the final product should look:
Kylie told MSNBC she hopes to free future young cancer patients from being tied to bulky IV poles.
“It was really scary for me at a young age, which was eight,” she said. “I had to use the big IV poles which were actually really heavy to push around and they had lots of wires and tubes I would trip over or get tangled in.”
Kylie and her parents launched a crowd-funding campaign to fund the design and production of the backpack. To date, the campaign has raised $46,000 of its $50,000 goal.
For more on Kylie's invention, watch this MSNBC interview: