11-year old Naugatuck girl invents “chemo backpack” to help cancer patients

NAUGATUCK, Conn. (WTNH) – A creative invention, designed for kids with cancer by an 11-year old Naugatuck girl, after her own fight against cancer.

On a day like today, Kylie Simonds would be outside with sister Savanna, brother Mikey, and Mom Kelly, enjoying the warm days of summer.

Three years ago, she was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer.

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

A positive prognosis from her doctors now has her focused on something else, designed to benefit children with cancer.

“I used to have to use the I-V poles and I always tripped over all the wires,” she said. “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 bag would have all the medicine that you needed for chemotherapy and this would be the drip and it would go through the machine on the front and you just put it on and you can walk around with it,” Kylie said, demonstrating how the backpack worked.

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.

Kylie had good friends in mind when she created it.

“My friend Marik, he has a prosthetic leg and he has to, well he has crutches and he always has to have someone push it for him but if he had something like that he could just slip it on.”

For her other friend Brooke, “Well she had to sometimes go home with it and she had to stay overnight in the hospital, so I think she would have really liked something like this.”

She wishes that somebody would have come up with something like it for her.

“Yeah, it would have been so much easier and I can get around quicker. It usually prevented me, the bars prevented me from actually playing.”

Cancer free for two years now, play time is any time.

Kyle is a determined little girl.

She is now raising the capital to get the I-V backpack manufactured.

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

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