“A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.” ~James Joyce
Finding cancer in early stages is a key factor to a patient’s survival. Jack Andraka, who happens to be fifteen years old, appears to have just changed the course of the future of cancer detection. Jack found out he won the Gordon E. Moore Award at Intel ISEF for developing a sensor that has tested 100% correct in diagnosing pancreatic cancer. I had to listen to this next part several times because I really wanted to believe what I was hearing…
Jack’s sensor can diagnose before cancer becomes invasive!
This video of Jack describing his work– and of the announcement of his win– is worth every bit of your time to watch!
Jack’s enthusiasm and joy seriously made me cry when I saw this!
Jack… Jack… you give me HOPE!
For those who advocate for children with cancer, this is breathtaking news. I realize that childhood cancers are different from adult cancers, but this discovery must also mean a whole new world of research possibilities for detecting childhood cancers at early stages. This is news that renews my hope that children with cancer will be diagnosed sooner. That terrifying statistic, “80% of children who are diagnosed with cancer are diagnosed at late stages, compared with 20% in adults,” will become one of the past.
Without a doubt, earlier diagnoses will mean less suffering and more lives saved.
I am so stinkin’ proud of you!!! Thank you.