Congratulations to this amazing pre-teen inventor! Honored as one of CNN's Young Wonders and voted a hero by Mighty Girl, Lily Born solved a problem for a family member and millions of others who have trouble performing a simple task.
The 11-year-old's grandfather has Parkinson's disease and one of the life-altering symptoms is severe body shaking. Lily noticed that the everyday task of holding a cup to drink without spilling or dropping it had become impossible.
The youngster from Chicago decided to create an easy-to-hold and more stable cup for him to use. As she explained, “[He] was spilling his cup a lot so I had the idea to put legs on [his] cup to make it more stable."
Lily handmade her original cup out of ceramic, with a three-legged design that also elevated the bottom of the cup - no coaster needed. With the help of two Kickstarter campaigns, the cup was designed with thick, contoured handles made out of BPA-free plastic. Named the Kangaroo Cup, it's expected to ship in March 2015.
If you'd like to learn more about Lily's invention or pre-order a Kangaroo Cup, visit her website at http://www.imagiroo.com/
She hopes to inspire other young entrepreneurs and inventors to pursue their dreams: “Just because you're a kid, doesn't mean you can't do big and great things."