The Lack’s Family launched a year-long HELA100: Henrietta Lacks Centennial CELLebration (“HELA100”) to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Henrietta Lacks. Born in rural Roanoke, Virginia, on August 1, 1920, Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman, wife, mother of five, and resident of Turner Station, Maryland, is the “Mother of Modern Medicine. She changed the world with her immortal HeLa cells. Henrietta’s HeLa cells, taken without her or her family’s knowledge or consent, would become responsible for some of the greatest scientific advancements of the last century and continue to benefit all of humanity.
This event will kick-off WUSM’s participation in HELA100! We will will view part of the film, The Way of All Flesh, hear from a panel of WU experts, and leave time for Q & A.