Curing Cancer: Chicago Teen May One Day Cure Colon Cancer

July 28, 2014  |  

With all of the negative news coming out of the Chicago area concerning the rise in gun violence, it is with sincere pleasure that we introduce another side to the city. The south side of Chicago is not only home to most of the crime one hears of, but it is also where Keven Stonewall, a 19-year-old teen who may one day find a cure for colon cancer grew up.

During his senior year of high school Stonewall interned at the Rush University lab where he’d already begun creating a potential colon cancer vaccine. During his internship, Stonewall’s research led to a vaccine that cured cancer in younger mice.For his experiment at the lab, the young scientist used a special extremely high concentration of mitoxantrone (cancer-treating drug) into younger and older mice. He also injected the mice with aggressive colon cancer cells. Three days passed once Stonewall noticed his experimental vaccine was 100 percent effective on young mice. However, the older mice were still battling the cancer cells.

This is just the start for Stonewall whose research is well on the way to helping discover a better treatment for colon cancer in elderly patients – who are more afflicted by the disease.

“My friends, family members have died from cancer,” Stonewall said in a VNM video. “A lot of people are impacted by cancer. So I felt it was my role to step up and do something about it.”

In high school, Stonewall watched as one of his good friends an A-student and all around good kid starting doing worse and worse in school as his uncle was fighting and eventually died from colon cancer.

Stonewall “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,” Carl Ruby told DNAInfo. “He has all the tools. He will go far.” Ruby worked as Stonewall’s  lab director during his internship.

No longer in high school, Stonewall is on to bigger and better vaccines in his sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He hopes his next vaccine can one day be tested on humans.

Stonewall credits his family for helping him stay diligent in his academics, even when his peers first teased him about his interest in science. Both mother and father are teachers in the Chicago public school system and as soon as they realized Stonewall’s interests in science at a young age, they purchased him his first microscope.

Now, his peers are inspired by him as Stonewall, saids in his interview “If you don’t plan to succeed, you’re planning to fail.”

We are congratulating his success and look forward to more from him. Share his story to inspire others and learn more below from this young genius.


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