MEET KEVEN Stonewall, the 19-year-old student who is on a mission to one day create a vaccine that he hopes will cure colon cancer.
After watching friend’s uncle succumb to the disease and witnessing first-hand how the illness negatively impacted his school mate, he decided to do something about it.
“Cancer has taken over a whole bunch of lives, and I felt like I needed to step up and do something about it,” he told DNAInfo Chicago.
The Chicago-born student has already started working on a potential cure at a Rush University laboratory, reports the publication.
Keven, whose fascination with science started when he was 10 years old, began his mission after completing an internship at the university, which is the academic arm of the Rush Medical Center.
He worked in the lab with a professor who taught immunology/microbiology and general surgery.
Keven began to consume literature about how a chemotherapeutic agent could possibly destroy certain cancer cells while still promoting a healthy immune response.
The young researcher, who has already won numerous awards for his research and was a finalist for the Intel International Science and Engineer Fair last year, then began testing his potential vaccine on mice.
Keven, who is now a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, is still working on the vaccine that he prays will one day be tested on humans.