Grieving 15-Y.O Boy Invents Cancer Test “26,000 Times Less Expensive With 100% Accuracy”

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Jack Andraka is a fifteen-year-old freshman at North County High School who lives in Maryland. Jack is on the national junior Wildwater kayaking team, and has fun playing with his dog and folding origami. He excels at school, winning multiple national and international math competitions. But Jack is no ordinary boy.

Jack was able to single-handedly develop a paper sensor that could detect pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer in 5 minutes for as little as 3 cents. His journey started at an expected place, here is his story.

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Making The Best Out Of The Worse

Jack Andraka was just 15, halfway through his teens, when he experienced grief for the first time. His heart shattered as he watched his uncle, who was more of a father figure to him, die of his pancreatic cancer. At first, he felt helpless to the circumstances, wondering why the forces of nature could be so unfair.

15 year old boy holding his accurate ovarian test
JakB10 / Reddit
JakB10 / Reddit

The more he thought about it, the more he decided that nature wasn’t actually to blame and that perhaps medicine could have stepped up and saved his uncle. Since it didn’t seem like medicine had made any recent strides when it comes to Cancer research, Jack decided to take matters into his own hands.