Of all the cancer-related deaths in the world, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause. About 1.4 million cases were diagnosed in 2012 and the number is on the rise. Colorectal cancer is likely preventable with a proper diet, but primarily plant-based dieters are few and far between in the developed world.
Keven Stonewall is an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin who is fighting to find a cure to fight colon cancer. He explains his groundbreaking research in hopes to save lives. As a senior in high school, Keven had the opportunity to work in a research lab at Rush University and developed a vaccine that was 100% effective in mice. Keven’s love for science started when he was young, and he pursued his love throughout high school, earning himself as spot as a finalist in the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineer Fair.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community:
“My friends, family members have died from cancer,” said Kevin Stonewall, who is a rising freshman at the University of Wisconsin said in the Intel video above. “A lot of people are impacted by cancer. So I felt it was my role to step up and do something about it.”
He used a high concentration of mitoxantrone, which is a drug that treats some types of cancer, and administered it in the form of a vaccine to young and old mice. He then injected the mice with colon cancer cells. He then measured the responses and found that the tumors in the young mice were eliminated completely.
Pretty impressive! Kevin might have just discovered the cure for colorectal cancer. This definitely warrants further study!