NAUGATUCK, Conn. — An 11-year old cancer patient has come up with a creative solution to help other kids, after her own fight against the disease.
Three years ago, Kylie Simonds was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer.
“I lost my hair and always used to get sick easily,” Kylie told WTNH.
“I used to have to use the I-V poles and I always tripped over all the wires. It was hard to walk around, and I always had to have someone push it for me because I was kind a weak when I was in chemo.”
So Kylie came up with the idea of a pediatric I-V backpack.
“They are very light and they’re more convenient,” she said, compared to the poles normally used. “To have something small for them and not as big like when I first went into the office, I was like — whoa — those things are huge and scary.”
The prototype won a number of awards at the recent CT Invention Convention.
The young inventor was the only one who went home with the patent prize, and now has a provisional patent for the cool and comfy necessity.
Her own testing included: “I sat back with it a lot and it doesn’t hurt,” she said.