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#1145 Grandfather’s Parkinson’s Disease inspires granddaughter to invent a spill-proof cup

Lily Born’s Kangaroo Cup; photo from her Facebook page

Lily Born’s Kangaroo Cup; photo from her Facebook page

Young inventors often give me hope. One 11-year-old found inspiration for her invention watching her grandfather struggle with cups. Parkinson’s Disease made it difficult for him to use a cup without spilling. So Lily Born from Chicago designed the Kangaroo Cup.

With the help of her dad, Joe Born, she designed a cup with legs. Several years and several prototypes later, they had a cup that can sit on uneven surfaces, needs no coaster, is break resistant and stackable. The colourful cup is available in both ceramic and plastic versions and appeals to kids just learning to use a cup and adults no longer able to hold one steady.

Lily Born comes by her inventiveness naturally. Her father has brought many other products to market and knows his way around prototype development, manufacturing and marketing. They launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their new initiative, with an initial goal of $25,000. By the time the campaign ended, they had promises of $62,053. They hope to ship their first cups in November 2014.

Whatever lies ahead for Lily Born, she is off to a good start in a family that encourages her to see a problem and work to find a solution. That lays a good foundation for whatever she chooses to do with the rest of her life.

You can follow Kangaroo Cups on Facebook.

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