11-year old cancer survivor invents a chemotherapy backpack

Posted at 9:27 PM, Aug 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-10 15:18:35-04

Naugatuck, Conn. –  An 11-year old cancer survivor has come up with a creative solution to help other kids after her own battle with the disease.

Kylie Simonds was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer, three years ago

“I lost my hair and always used to get sick easily,” Kylie told WTNH.

“I used to have to use the IV 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 IV 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.

Click here to visit her GoFundMe page, and to donate.