Don’t give up on our generation yet!
Keven Stonewall, 19, has been creating a vaccine that will cure colon cancer. The teenager from Chicago’s South Side interned at Rush University while in high school, and the results of his experiments have earned him a numerous amount of awards.
In only his senior year of high school, Keven, was already working on a potential vaccine for colon cancer DNAInfo reports.
His peers would mock him, says Stonewall. “I was one of the few kids who were engaged,” Stonewall said. “At first they were making fun of me, like ‘Come on man, why you want to be in the lab all day?’” All of that changed when Stonewall began to see results.
Stonewall attributes his dedication to the amount of people he knows that has lost their lives due to cancer. In a VNM video he states, “A lot of people are impacted by cancer. So I felt it was my role to step up and do something about it.”
For his experiment, Stonewall injected a special high concentration of cancer-treating drug mitoxantrone into younger and older mice. He then injected the mice with aggressive colon cancer cells. After three days, Stonewall noticed that his experimental vaccine was 100% effective on young mice — their tumors were gone and they showed immunity to colon cancer. But the older mice were still afflicted by the cancer cells.
Carl Ruby,Keven’s lab director, said that Stonewall’s experiment helped scientists realize that they needed a special vaccine for older subjects. The teen “should be heralded for helping to develop more effective colon cancer treatments that will impact the elderly, the population that is most susceptible to colon cancer,” Ruby told DNAInfo. “He has all the tools. He will go far.”
Keven Stonewall has won numerous awards for his research. He was a finalist for the Intel International Science and Engineer Fair in 2013. He’s now a rising sophomore at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, working on a vaccine that he says he hopes could one day be tested on humans.
We can all agree we need more teenagers like Keven Stonewall, dedicated to changing lives and the future. Check out the video below on this inspiring teen’s determination to change the world.
Featured image taken from NY Daily News