Keep Moving Forward Jack Andraka!

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”~ThomasEdison~


When a beloved family friend died of pancreatic cancer, brilliant teen Jack Andraka set out on a mission. to find an early stage detection for pancreatic cancer. Finding out too late is why so many pancreatic cancer patients don’t make it five years past diagnosis. And outdated testing measures lead towards testing too late. Those outdated tests use technology from when Elvis Presley was topping the charts. After find finding out what the heck a pancreas was, he set out to find a quick and inexpensive test-this one is 168 times faster, 1/26,667 of the price, and 400 times more sensitive than current tests.

The months to produce the first success, not to mention the preceding months of trying to find a laboratory show how perseverant he is. “There was absolutely no way my mom was going to allow me to do cancer research on my kitchen countertop or even in my basement…I needed to be in a real laboratory.” he later said. 199 rejection letters later, Dr. Anirban Maitra of Johns Hopkins in Baltimore replied with a letter that effectively said “yes, but let’s see if you have the blanks filled in”. Due to past experience, he already had them filled in. A couple of dud experiments later, the scientific instruments start spouting out readings, the ones that say “this works” in caps lock. He went on the meet the president (for two minutes, which is two minutes more than us) and give speeches at science contests and conferences.

He also wrote a good book entitled Breakthrough in collaboration with Matthew Lysiak which is both inspirational and absolutely hilarious! He is an inspiration to us and this book show why!

While it will be about 5-10 years before the Food and Drug Administration approves his method of diagnosis, I’m fairly sure he’ll keep on perfecting it and inspiring kids for years to come!!

Fact File:

Name: Jack Thomas Andraka

DOB: 8 January, 1997

Occupation: Inventor and scientist, cancer researcher

Accomplishments: Invented a simple pancreatic cancer diagnosis method amongst other things.

Awards: 2014 Jefferson Award, 2012 Intel ISEF Gordon Moore Award, 2012 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Youth Award, 2014 Maryland winner of the Stockholm Water Prize

Website: www.

It’s an amazing world of science out there…Let’s go

Breakthrough by Jack Andraka with Matthew Lysiak- We highly recommend this book!

59 Comments Add yours

  1. This is very cool. Thanks for sharing!

  2. He is amazing & truly inspirational!

  3. desleyjane says:

    Wow I never knew about this guy. How wonderful!

  4. He truly is a genius and such a mentor. The girls absolutely admire him.

  5. desleyjane says:

    Have they had the chance to met him?

  6. We would love to. Missed him when he went to NY, but the girls have been in touch with him. Follow him on twitter.

  7. desleyjane says:

    Aha, fabulous! I forget sometimes about social media LOL.

  8. He has to be a ball of energy with all the touring for his book. I’m glad you discovered him.

  9. desleyjane says:

    Yes thank you! I will check him out. I might get his book too.

  10. Quite a teen! Thank you so much for stopping by. Always enjoyable.

  11. aleksawal says:

    Wow, amazing story! Thanks for sharing

  12. maristravels says:

    I shall endeavour to read that book. What a great story.

  13. It is an amazing story of an amazing teen.

  14. A hidden hero. Thanks.

  15. Yes! Teens need more of them.

  16. Inspiring story! I will take a look his book, always love this kind of struggle especially from the young ones! Thank you so much 🙂

  17. Absolutely! Thank you for your input.

  18. Very inspirational! Things we never know are going on, are happening all the time, and this gives us hope for a better future. I just saw an article about a ‘head to body transplant’ which a young man is willing to undergo, to help prolong his life, due to a degenerative disease.
    As you say, it’s an amazing world! Thanks for the great post!

  19. Your comments are always so very informative and we look forward to them. We will have to look into the head to body transplant. that is so absolutely amazing. Who we are is all in our heads, right? Absolutely amazing!

  20. stomperdad says:

    Amazing story. As an elementary math and science teacher, this is truely inspiring, your girls’ drive and motivation and Jack. His book would be great classroom addition!

  21. It would be great for you to read it first. the girls are constantly learning as much as possible but the family follows the philosophy that they should learn as they interact not just in the books. teaching now a days is a difficult and trying field at times so kudos to you & nice meeting you.

  22. Lauri says:

    Thanks for sharing! I will be reading this book!

  23. Wonderful to see your post on this great scientist! I had seen his TED talk while visiting Hawaii last year and was immediately impressed. Wasn’t aware that he had also done a book so glad to hear it. Will have to check it out!

  24. Aquileana says:

    Such an inspiring young man … Jack Andraka is an example in many ways…. Also your post reminds us that Life is not something we should take for granted…. A very touching and inspirational post… I thank you for sharing with us… All my best wishes, Aquileana :star:

  25. So true! He is a true inspiration.
    Life is never to be taken for granted for it is a gift.

  26. Yes. He is very accomplish & it is exciting for the girls to see him as an example because hard work does pay off.

  27. He is also on TED talks. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  28. PS – I bought a Stargazer Lottie doll for my goddaughter. Arrived today and already adored. Thanks for the tip.

  29. This is amazing. My cat Lucy had pancreatic cancer. What a nice profile of such a brillliant teen.

  30. Thank you! He is a brilliant teen. What happened to Lucy?

  31. Ha! Ha! That is awesome. We have considered one…they actually had sold out on Amazon.

  32. Lucy passed away 6 weeks ago.

  33. Ohh!! So so sorry about that. A pet is such an important member of a family.

  34. Yes I miss her everyday. Thank you.

  35. Sly Campbell says:

    This is awesome. I’m definitely going to be check out this book! (and recommending it to Seth!)

  36. He is on TED talks too. See it on youtube. Thanks for stopping by.

  37. Inspiring post. One of those days when you learn something new!

  38. 😃 My goddaughter lives in the UK so I was able to get one there

  39. Let us know what you think. he might be going to that area. Just check out his twitter account.

  40. shawn says:

    Great story! I love the quote by Thomas Edison. It is truly amazing what perseverance can accomplish. Thanks for sharing such an inspirational post. I too want to change the world by educating and inspiring people to be better and develop good character.

  41. Your fight is noble and noted. Thank you for your comment.

  42. Phyllis says:

    I love your scientific mind and approach to life…thanks for sharing. I’ll be back!

  43. ollamok says:

    Loving your blog. Have some reading for tonight ectrodinary

  44. Thank you so very much!

  45. We have so many inspirations around! He is a role model to many of us.
    Nice read. Thank you for taking this up and making a neat post out of it.

  46. We can all make a difference with perseverance. Thank you for your wonderful comment as always.

  47. pleasure was all mine… 🙂

  48. annascuisine says:

    Wow! What an inspiring young man. Thanks to him, I will be benefited from this someday (was once diagnosed with pancreatitis). Thank you for sharing this. I am going to buy his book. Have a lovely weekend. 🙂

  49. Wow!Nice to hear you are doing OK.

  50. Such an inspiring story of an amazing kid! Sounds like almost a prodigy. Thanks for sharing. … 🙂

  51. Yes! We call him a prodigy. Thank you so very much for commenting.

  52. lightwalker1 says:

    Awesome post!. What an inspirational person. The news Is filled with people discovering or building new technologies that work faster, more accurate and easier to use at a fraction of the cost of big corporations. We certainly live in an interesting time. In love and light

  53. We do live in an interesting time. Thank you for your wonderful comment.

  54. annascuisine says:

    To God be the glory. 🙂

  55. Awesome perseverence! What an inspiration!

  56. Faraday's Candle says:

    He really is.
    His book is actually hilarious.
    Thanks for stopping by.

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