It’s basically your call, when you give up. How many resumes does it take to land a job? How many relationships to find a mate? How many times to talk to your teenager before it actually gets through? How is it, with all of the medical experts around us and all of the money invested in research, that a 15 year old student can find a detection for three cancers – which only costs 0.3 cents to run and has an almost 100% accuracy rate? To find a lab which would allow him to set up his experiments, he sent 200 requests to institutions. He received 199 denials… and one maybe. The rest is history.

I wonder if young Jack Andraka felt like giving up. I’m glad he didn’t. Instead, he went off to prove his theory.