Pediatric IV Backpack

$55,091 of $250k goal

Raised by 1,334 people in 25 months
Kelly Simonds   NAUGATUCK, CT
The Doctors tv show


Kylie on MSNBC NewsNation with Tamron Hall. Sept. 22, 2014 Thank you msg from Kylie.
All donations in excess of my goal will go towards the manufacturing of the FIRST usable IV backpacks. EVERY PENNY!


Kylie NEEDS funding to create a WORKING Prototype!

Kylie is 11 yrs old and a cancer survivor. She designed an I.V. Backpack for children on chemotherapy, receiving transfusions, or other medical reasons.

Contact #: 203-632-5714
Email: MeKylie@gmail.com
FaceBook: Courage For Kylie
Twitter: @CourageForKylie
Kylie Simonds
102 emery Ct.
Inman, SC 29349





Look who has donated to my prototype!  Yes, that is THE Jenny McCarthy


KYLiE'S iNVENTiON:

This year Kylie was challenged with coming up with an invention through her school and the CT Invention Convention. Kylie immediately knew what she wanted to invent. A backpack that could allow children some mobility while receiving I.V. treatments or infusions.

Kylie's backpack couldn't be just any backpack. Because of the fasionista that she is, these would have to be colorful, gender specific, and awesome. She went to work and with the help from her parents designed a backpack.





UCONN iNVENTION CONVENTiON

Kylie's invention was chosen by her middle school teachers, among others, to attend the UCONN Invention Convention where over 700 inventions were displayed and many selected for awards and recognition.

Amazingly, Kylie's invention received four awards including the "Patent Award", the highest award at the convention. The Patent Award has allowed Kylie's invention to be submitted to the US Patent & Trademark Office with the sponsor covering all costs. The lawyers have submitted the provisional patent application.

Kylie at the UCONN Invention Convention!




DESIGN:

The design incorporated an I.V. pole with a drip bag protection cage. Kids want to move around and we can't risk the Medicine bags getting punctured or compressed. This cage is customizable with different shapes, like hearts, peace signs, etc. This also makes treatment less scary like current I.V. poles which are very intimidating to young children. The protection cage is also removable and can be replaced with a child's choice of design.
If they receive two different medicines or a transfusion and medicine they can add a second cage.

The backpack also has the I.V. controller built into the bag to control the flow rate. It is powered by battery which most I.V. machines on a pole are also battery operated.


Design Ideas:






GOAL OF THIS CAMPAIGN:

Raise funds to build a prototype.  With help from her father, Kylie is now doing R&D to make the prototype.  She has found numerous infusion pumps that will suit this idea but the cost for them is in the thousands of dollar range.  Additionally, the backpack will need to be designed to support both the IV infusion pump and the carry rod.

LONG TERM GOAL: updated 08/08/14

Create a truely working prototype. Then market the first complete prototype through media outlets to slolicit interest.

Begin production of a boy and girl line of the backpack. Incorporate animal features into the design to make them fun for young children.

Begin researching designs for a backpack line for teens/young adults.

Kylie is determined to make this a reality and see the I.V. backpack in children's hospitals throughout the U.S., maybe throughout the world. Unfortunately, it requires an enormous amount of money to make a prototype of this backpack. The controller will need to be customized to be mobile and also small enough to fit in a backpack. So Kylie needs your help to make this a reality.

Please help Kylie reach her goal. You can learn more about Kylie on Facebook if you search for "Courage For Kylie", her facebook page for support while she was receiving treatment.

This is Brooke from Brooke's Blossems. With a backpack she wouldn't need an I.V. pole to visit build a bear.

This is Kylie during treatment.  Once again an ugly I.V. pole.



For anyone interested, this is her website we set up for her while she was receiving treatment for support. A journal of her journey can be found at the link to her Caring Page.
http://couragebykylie.com/

Current Media Coverage:

Yahoo
http://yhoo.it/1ukfCwc


WTNH
http://j.wtnh.com/7mg3h

Inspired Insider Skype interview
http://www.inspiredinsider.com/kylie-simonds-courageforkylie-one-question-inspires/

Connecticut Magazine
t.co/TsP14CXsbd

And a big thank you to www.GoHooper.com
who has donated their services to redesign www.CourageByKylie.com

Yes, we read and reply to all the comments left by those who donate. These are only a small selected group. 

We've learned a lot from reading your comments.

1. Their are way too many children being diagnosed with cancer. The occurance of cancer in children has increased steadily for the past 30 yrs.
2. You guys really need to stop goofing off at work.
3. These backpacks ARE needed!



Adult patients would benefit from them.



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Update 29
8 months ago
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Backpack Update!
Hey everyone Finally got an update on the prototype. we have gotten the cost sheet to make it. It is ALOT more then we were figuring. Just to make one prototype is going to cost $75,000
Cost is due mostly to the 7 different molds that need to be made.
We really really need to at least see one of these backpacks in person instead of just on paper before we invest every penny Kylie has raised, just to find out that certain pieces dont work and then we have to pay $20,000 or more for just one new mold. So we are thinking we need to have one 3D printed first.
I am so sad we have put so much effort into this project and have come so far and now we still dont' have the money we need. All we want is to help Kylie make her vision come to life and help SO many kids who could benefit from her product!
So please share this post and Kylies page maybe someone out there can help us out. We are SOOOOO close!!!
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Update 28
10 months ago
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Hi everyone just wanted to let you all know we are getting closer!!
We have seen the designs of the backpack from the designer at PillowPets. They are awsome!!
There are few tweeks we need to do then designs will be sent to the production company and we will have a working prototype in about a month.
We are all SO excited to actually have one in our hands to show everyone.
Now we just need to try to raise some more money to get these manufactured.
Thank You for all of your support up to this point. Soon we will be able to get these to kids who need them!
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Update 27
12 months ago
Hi y'all !! Just an update. We are very excited we are now an offical business Courage By Kylie LLC. We are working with an amazing company, you may have heard of them Pillow Pets. Their designers are starting to work on the prototype as I write this. HOW EXCITING!! Once this prototype is made we will make some tweaks and get a final one made. Once we reach that step we will get set to manufacture the bags. Only thing holding us back is money. Who knew it would be so expensive and that their would be a minimum order of 3000 per design.

So again we are asking for your support, we have raised the goal here. So please donate, share, tweet whatever you can to help.

We are SO close to finally making this a reality. Kylies dream will come true to help other children fighting cancer and many other diseases! So please help!

Once again thank you all so much for your support to this point. When people work together anything is possible!!
Our official certificate!!
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Update 26
16 months ago
Hi everyone I know its been awhile since we updated. Just want you all to know that we are still chugging along with this awsome backpack. There is lots and lots of research that has to be done to get this to protype and then eventually to market. We have some amazing people helping getting this done! with out them we would be lost lol. This is a whole new world on this side of things. But rest assured we will get this done! We want to see these kiddos still receiving chemo with these backpacks across the country! One of Kylies friends https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mad-about-Madeline/576650759132669?fref=ts is fighting again for the second time and is a couple of days away from a bone marrow transplant. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
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Alhia Horta
7 months ago

Hi there I just want to say, don't give up. This is an amazing idea! Keep sharing this on social media and with celebrities. I only ran across this because I was doing research on kids with cancer, it's something I want to help with once my business is up and running.

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Chris Irby
15 months ago

finally a inventor from connecticut keep up the good work!

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Amberr Maynard
21 months ago

You are so amazing my 16 yr old brother at the time 15 just kicked stage 3 melanoma in the chest and after 3 weeks of treatment of 5 rounds of chemo and 2 lymph node surgeries he was back on the football as a starting linemen people like you are such an inspiration and you my angel are the only person i have ever funded because this touched close to home and you are one amazing person never ever forget that through this invention you will have touched so many children that are fighting every day to find a way to be normal and just be able play like every other child, good luck sweetie!!!

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Dana Renfroe
23 months ago

What an amazing idea from an amazing young lady.

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Julie Hackenbruck
23 months ago

Have you tried going on Shark Tank?

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Jenny Downing
23 months ago

May God Bless you and your Family!!! For those of you whom this story TOUCHED your HEART, you will be inspired by this precious ANGEL as well ( GFM /savinglu )

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Zack Polston
24 months ago

What an awesome and very brave little girl. Way to go Kylie I hope you reach your funding goal and see this become a reality. It is very sad why you want to make this as I wish no child had to go through cancer treatment but at the same time it is very happy to think this could give kids more freedom during treatment. Keep up the good work.

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Vicki Lowe
24 months ago

Kylie this is amazing and so many young children can be helped. I am sending prayers

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Julie Villella
24 months ago

God Bless you Kylie ~ You are such an impressive, brilliant and compassionate young lady and I'm thrilled for your invention and can't wait to see the Prototype! Go Girl! I'm a big Hello Kitty fan myself and I send you kitty hugs, purrs and Get Well Wishes Darling Babygirl! You are truly an Inspiration to So Many! God bless and keep you safe, healthier and healthier everyday and happy Always! XOXO

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Sheila Seibert
24 months ago

Could this be modified for those who require tube feedings? Wonderful idea!

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Pam Dockx
24 months ago

Love the idea of your kid friendly designs on backpacks!!You may want to incorporate already available ambulatory infusion pumps (for example Wolf-Pak® 3 Liter Back Pack Pump Pouch) to eliminate the need for the IV bag holder/pole (then you would eliminate the risk of air entering the system if the bag gets tipped with active kids??) . Good Luck!

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Cindy Sommer
24 months ago

Would love to have you on my show! LIFELINE with Cindy Sommer - 661-874-9303

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Adam Swartz
24 months ago

This is a beautiful idea and as a cancer patient myself I would love to see something like this invented so you aren't stuck having to lug around a large iv pump and pole. Wishing you continued good health and success in making this a reality.

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Wendy Foxley
24 months ago

Don't have to drag, whoops

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Wendy Foxley
24 months ago

Way to Go! Awesome idea, it will bring so much more independence to patients so they do have to drag that pole around with them in crowded places and eliminate people starring and wondering what's wrong with these beautiful children. I'm to poor to donate right now but wish I could to the cause. You will bring many smiles to so many children. I hope you continue to stay healthy.

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Jake Dinwiddie
24 months ago

I'm proud to be able to help out such a fantastic idea by a smart young girl! Good luck!

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Marie-Antoinette Micheli
24 months ago

Never let anyone criticize your ideals... you are a unique human being with a special gift! Thrive in your adventure and keep being the wonderful yourself with the wonderful soul, strength and believes you have... hardly anyone can understand what it means to be in your shoes, but YOU are speaking up and this makes people have a better understanding of what it is all about to fight to survive! GOOD LUCK in your fight Kylie from another fighter & survivor :-) I was 11 eleven when I fell into coma...

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Maria Lorentzen
24 months ago

What a clever idea! This will make life with chemo so much better for kids and adults as well. You are awesome!

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Nancy Woodington
24 months ago

Such an important idea whose time has come.

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Jeff Iredell
24 months ago

The mind of a child is such a beautiful thing. Something that seems so obvious and right under our noses as adults goes undone, but this lovely girl takes her situation and is making a real difference in how children are going to be treated in the very near future. Keep up the great work Kylie, you have a very bright future. From a fellow cancer suTHRiver, best wishes on continued good health.

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$55,091 of $250k goal

Raised by 1,334 people in 25 months
Created July 22, 2014
HB
$25
Heather Bruce
3 months ago
JN
$5
Justin Nichols
7 months ago

Great idea and wishing you much success!

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JC
$50
John Caschetto
7 months ago
EG
$25
Ed Godwin
8 months ago
GD
$25
George Doolin
8 months ago

Your an inspiring young lady. Good Luck

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DJ
$10
Denise Johanowicz
8 months ago
GS
$15
Gwendolyn Smith
10 months ago

You go girl!! You've got spirit yes you do!!

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VS
$100
Vincent Siefert
10 months ago

I knew you could do this, you never stop! Just like when you play soccer. . Coach

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$50
Shawn Rorke-Davis
10 months ago
$35
Islamic Leadership Institute of America
10 months ago

Keep up the great work Kelly, many kids will benefit from your invention and project. Peace.

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Alhia Horta
7 months ago

Hi there I just want to say, don't give up. This is an amazing idea! Keep sharing this on social media and with celebrities. I only ran across this because I was doing research on kids with cancer, it's something I want to help with once my business is up and running.

+ Read More
Chris Irby
15 months ago

finally a inventor from connecticut keep up the good work!

+ Read More
Amberr Maynard
21 months ago

You are so amazing my 16 yr old brother at the time 15 just kicked stage 3 melanoma in the chest and after 3 weeks of treatment of 5 rounds of chemo and 2 lymph node surgeries he was back on the football as a starting linemen people like you are such an inspiration and you my angel are the only person i have ever funded because this touched close to home and you are one amazing person never ever forget that through this invention you will have touched so many children that are fighting every day to find a way to be normal and just be able play like every other child, good luck sweetie!!!

+ Read More
Dana Renfroe
23 months ago

What an amazing idea from an amazing young lady.

+ Read More
Julie Hackenbruck
23 months ago

Have you tried going on Shark Tank?

+ Read More
Jenny Downing
23 months ago

May God Bless you and your Family!!! For those of you whom this story TOUCHED your HEART, you will be inspired by this precious ANGEL as well ( GFM /savinglu )

+ Read More
Zack Polston
24 months ago

What an awesome and very brave little girl. Way to go Kylie I hope you reach your funding goal and see this become a reality. It is very sad why you want to make this as I wish no child had to go through cancer treatment but at the same time it is very happy to think this could give kids more freedom during treatment. Keep up the good work.

+ Read More
Vicki Lowe
24 months ago

Kylie this is amazing and so many young children can be helped. I am sending prayers

+ Read More
Julie Villella
24 months ago

God Bless you Kylie ~ You are such an impressive, brilliant and compassionate young lady and I'm thrilled for your invention and can't wait to see the Prototype! Go Girl! I'm a big Hello Kitty fan myself and I send you kitty hugs, purrs and Get Well Wishes Darling Babygirl! You are truly an Inspiration to So Many! God bless and keep you safe, healthier and healthier everyday and happy Always! XOXO

+ Read More
Sheila Seibert
24 months ago

Could this be modified for those who require tube feedings? Wonderful idea!

+ Read More
Pam Dockx
24 months ago

Love the idea of your kid friendly designs on backpacks!!You may want to incorporate already available ambulatory infusion pumps (for example Wolf-Pak® 3 Liter Back Pack Pump Pouch) to eliminate the need for the IV bag holder/pole (then you would eliminate the risk of air entering the system if the bag gets tipped with active kids??) . Good Luck!

+ Read More
Cindy Sommer
24 months ago

Would love to have you on my show! LIFELINE with Cindy Sommer - 661-874-9303

+ Read More
Adam Swartz
24 months ago

This is a beautiful idea and as a cancer patient myself I would love to see something like this invented so you aren't stuck having to lug around a large iv pump and pole. Wishing you continued good health and success in making this a reality.

+ Read More
Wendy Foxley
24 months ago

Don't have to drag, whoops

+ Read More
Wendy Foxley
24 months ago

Way to Go! Awesome idea, it will bring so much more independence to patients so they do have to drag that pole around with them in crowded places and eliminate people starring and wondering what's wrong with these beautiful children. I'm to poor to donate right now but wish I could to the cause. You will bring many smiles to so many children. I hope you continue to stay healthy.

+ Read More
Jake Dinwiddie
24 months ago

I'm proud to be able to help out such a fantastic idea by a smart young girl! Good luck!

+ Read More
Marie-Antoinette Micheli
24 months ago

Never let anyone criticize your ideals... you are a unique human being with a special gift! Thrive in your adventure and keep being the wonderful yourself with the wonderful soul, strength and believes you have... hardly anyone can understand what it means to be in your shoes, but YOU are speaking up and this makes people have a better understanding of what it is all about to fight to survive! GOOD LUCK in your fight Kylie from another fighter & survivor :-) I was 11 eleven when I fell into coma...

+ Read More
Maria Lorentzen
24 months ago

What a clever idea! This will make life with chemo so much better for kids and adults as well. You are awesome!

+ Read More
Nancy Woodington
24 months ago

Such an important idea whose time has come.

+ Read More
Jeff Iredell
24 months ago

The mind of a child is such a beautiful thing. Something that seems so obvious and right under our noses as adults goes undone, but this lovely girl takes her situation and is making a real difference in how children are going to be treated in the very near future. Keep up the great work Kylie, you have a very bright future. From a fellow cancer suTHRiver, best wishes on continued good health.

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