I've begun to read a book about a woman who was nearly lost to history. Her name is Henrietta Lacks.
The book is titled "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" and it chronicles the tale of how cancer cells were taken from her body without her knowledge or consent but those cells have continued to live and have been used to find the polio vaccine, uncover secrets of cancer and viruses and have lead to such things as in vitro fertilization, among other advances in science and medicine.
Today is Henrietta Lacks Day in Turner Station, the town where she was raised and in honor of a woman who gave more than she realized, I thought I'd share this day with you all...
a recent bunch of flowers from my dear boyfriend, I think Henrietta would have liked the vibrant color of them considering her vibrant personality...
I do hope you'll take a minute to learn more about this woman whose story was nearly lost to us all. It is a fascinating one...
- you can buy the book that tells her story at Amazon
- you can read about her at her Wikipedia page
- this article is about the day her grave received a headstone
- this article is about Morehouse College honoring Henrietta and her contributions to medical science
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Without those cancer cells, there is so much we might not have in medical science today. Thank you Henrietta for your contribution to so many medical advancements. You deserve to be remembered.