Chemo Duck App created for kids with cancer
According to the American Childhood Cancder Organization 13,400 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. annually. About one in 300 boys and one in 333 girls will develop cancer before their 20th birthday.
Walk into most any pediatric healthcare setting and one thing is universal -- patients are usually glued to some kind of electronic device, says Chemo Duck founder Lu Sipos. Her son, 12 year-old Gabe Sipos, is no different. Except now, 10 years after spending countless hours in clinics and the hospital during his treatment of rhabdosarcoma, he had an idea.
It was such a fun experience coming up with all the different ideas and aspects for the games, said Gabe. I sort of knew what types of games I thought kids would like and how I wanted the whole thing to look.
Talk Like a Duck, Exercise Wheel, Touch and Learn, Call from Chemo Duck, Hospital Bingo and Mix and Match are all interactive activities geared toward keeping kids engaged while providing teaching opportunities.
I really like the idea that in order to move ahead in the games, you have to earn a coin to unlock the next level, said Gabe. It makes you want to keep playing. I do think kids will like it. I know I would've liked to have had something like that when I was in treatment.
Phil Earnest, the app designer, was impressed with Gabes vision for the apps. One of the coolest things about this project was hearing from Gabe what he wanted and working with him on the different elements. It was neat knowing that his dream was becoming a reality, that what he envisioned was coming to life. It was a great feeling to be a part of that.
The app, Chemo Ducks first, is an additional way for the non-profit to impact the lives of pediatric cancer patients. And as Lu quickly discovered while doing research for the app, the market was ripe for such a product.
I searched for an app to both entertain and educate kids living with cancer but couldnt find one, says Lu. When I mentioned this to Gabe, his face lit up. He was thrilled to develop one. He has really found his place within the foundation. He has a way to give back. Helping others is a simple way to bring us fulfillment. But seeing Gabes passion about this, its the start of a next chapter for Chemo Duck.
To download the app go to apple.com/itunes and search for chemo duck.