Jack Andraka, at 13, provides cancer cure!


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 Teenager creates a new cancer detection method

Come along to Jack Andraka’s book launch

When Jack Andraka was 13 he was being bullied for being gay, a close family friend was dying of cancer and he felt like a constant outsider.

But instead of giving up Jack used his passion for science to try and make a difference, with a brand new cancer detection system.

After conducting two years of research and being denied help from hundreds of Universities and companies, Jack’s experiment worked!

Jack’s test for pancreatic, lung and ovarian cancers now has the potential to be over four hundred times as effective as current medical solutions. And to top it off, it only costs a fraction of the price.

Breakthrough is a book that celebrates the perseverance and ingenuity of this remarkable teenager. It aims to push readers to pursue their dreams and to never stop learning.

Not only an inspirational teenage success story, Jack’s journey helped him conquer his depression and overcome bullying.

Gay’s The Word will be hosting a free book event for Breakthrough, which will take place in London on 24 May.

For more information on the event head to Facebook

Words Christopher McParlan, @chrismcparlan

Homophobic Attack in North Belfast

The surviving partner of a gay married couple has been targeted by a group of thugs.  This attack was not Paul Finlay-Dickson with his civil partner Maurice, who died of cancer last monthisolated, indeed it has been reported that the home of the couple was targetted more than 20 times.

In a statement made to the BBC News channel,  Supt Paula Hillman said police were aware of a number of reports made by a resident in north Belfast since August 2013.

“These reports vary in nature and investigations have been conducted and local neighbourhood police officers have been in contact with and continue to liaise with the victim,” she added.

“As with any incident reported the victim is updated and signposted to additional support services where applicable.”

In 2013, at the launch of Anti-Homophobia Week at the city hall, it was revealed that  anti-gay violence in Northern Ireland is massively underplayed, with eight out of 10 attacks not reported to the police, according to research.  A report by the Equality Commission revealed that nearly half of the gay community in the province (44%) are unaware that the law can protect them.

This current, homophobic attack highlights just how serious we must take these attacks, and why we ust report them to the authorities and also to our own LGBT monitoring groups who will support you and your family through the crisis.

This was a cowardly attack, on a vulnerable person who is grieving for his partner, the instigators of this homophobic crime must be brought to justice in the courts.


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