Waco man finalist for "Dad of the Year"

Posted at 3:01 PM, Jun 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-17 06:44:54-04

A Waco man nominated for Steve Harvey’s “Dad of the Year” award came in as a runner-up in the national search and special episode that honored fathers everywhere.

Bryan Shaw, 39, was nominated by his wife. Shaw received $5,000.

Shaw created an app that detects early cancer symptoms for parents after his own son was diagnosed with a rare eye cancer. He created the app after noticing that in his photos of his oldest son, a white pupil appeared after the photo was taken with the flash on.

This app allows parents to find out sooner about the condition and seek treatment.

His son lost one of his eyes during treatment, but is now cancer free.

The app, called White Eye Detector, is free. The app has helped other families detect the cancer early. It was developed with the help of scientists at Baylor University.

The show sorts through thousands of submissions every year, narrowing it to four fathers that make a difference in the home and in the community. The studio audience voted for the father that would win title of “Dad of the Year” and the winner received a check for $10,000.

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