DENVER (CBS4) – A science fair project was a labor of love for a local eighth-grader. She came up with a way to help cancer patients, in particular, her father.
CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh met sharp, young Ellie Mackintosh. She’s just 13, but already an inventor. Ellie’s father is especially moved by what she’s accomplished and why.
“My goal was to create a mouthwash,” Ellie said. “I used 40 people to test it.”
Ellie has engineered an award winning concoction for cancer patients.
“Because when I was an 18-month-old, my dad had head and neck cancer,” she said.
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Ellie’s father, Todd Mackintosh, was eventually cured with surgery, chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation.
“But it also, the radiation treatments itself pretty much destroyed my salivary functions,” Todd said.
“As i grew up I watched him suffer from dry mouth, and so I wanted to…
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