Thursday, July 23, 2015

Gay Hero for Pride: Jack Andraka

Jack Andraka at the Pride celebration in Washington DC.

I love having heroes and as pride is approaching in Vancouver this weekend, I wanted to recognize a gay hero.

Jack Andraka is eighteen. He is profoundly bright and at age 13 he told his parents that he is gay. These parents, the father a civil engineer, the mother an anesthetist, consciously developed an interest in science in their two sons.

Jack’s older brother, Luke, won 96 grand in prizes at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 2010 for a project that examined how acid mine drainage affected the environment. He also won an MIT THINK award for his work.

Jack has won international recognition for his work in developing a new, rapid, inexpensive (and patent pending) method of detecting an increase of a protein that indicates the presence of pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancer. He is currently studying at Stanford University.

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