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Creating a Cure for Cancer with Vaccines
by Myles Grimm

I want to become a biologist because I want to make the world cancer free. I had a great uncle that died from cancer and I want to honor him and make him proud. According to the National Cancer Institute, last year 589,430 people died from cancer. There are more than 200 types of cancer. There were 1,658,370 new cases of cancer in 2015. Cancer is a huge problem throughout United States.

Myles Grimm, age 9.

Myles Grimm, age 9.

Cancer has affected my life too. I have not been diagnosed with cancer, but two people in my life have battled this powerful disease, and unfortunately my Uncle Roger lost the battle against liver cancer. He was also a veteran of World War II. Cancer is so powerful that he survived the war, but not cancer.

I have a friend that was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, which is a kind of blood cancer when she was ten years old. The experience was devastating for her because she was on so many medications, and whenever she had them, she became very sick and upset. She was in treatment for two years and is now in remission. They were both great fighters, but I would have liked it if they did not get it in the first place.

Cancer is so powerful that Uncle Roger survived World War II, but not cancer.

My father works at a biotech company called EpiVax. There is a laboratory where biologists work and the people that work there are trying to make a vaccine that helps cancer patients fight the disease. This is what got me inspired into doing this as my essay. I would need to get my academic degree in biology and become a doctor. I want to become a biologist because it would make lives easier and decrease the number of people that die from cancer each year.

Cancer is one of the most powerful diseases in the world. The disease can affect anyone, it does not matter how old you are, or it does not matter what skin color. Nobody is safe from this deadly disease, and I am determined to cure cancer.

Myles Grimm is a 9-year old student inspired by the promise of a better future. In response to a writing assignment on how he would like to impact the world, he focused on curing cancer through the use of vaccines. Our future will be brighter and better because of students like Myles.