The Henrietta Lacks Foundation awards first assistance grants to HeLa descendants

Yesterday, author Rebecca Skloot made the following announcement at her website:

Today, the Henrietta Lacks Foundation awarded its first ever grants thanks to donations from Rebecca Skloot, and many readers. The first awards cover full tuition and books for five descendants of Henrietta Lacks starting fall semester 2010, as well as an emergency grant for one of Henrietta Lacks’s sons. More information about the inaugural Henrietta Lacks Foundation grants coming soon. For more information on the foundation, or to make a donation, click here.

As some readers know, I have been a big fan of Skloot’s book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and I have been the beneficiary of the cervical carcinoma cell line established in 1951 from the Ms. Lacks’s tumor.

When Rebecca announced last year that she was to establish a foundation to funnel profits and donations to assist the Lacks family, one of her primary goals when embarking on this project more than ten years ago, she also asked me to serve on the board of the Foundation.

I’ll have more to say about this process when a formal press release is made. But for the time being, I consider myself incredibly fortunate to do my part to honor the memory of Henrietta Lacks and assist her descendants.

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5 comments

  1. That. Is. Awesome.

  2. Good for you.

  3. Glad to hear it! :) it’s good to hear about good, when there’s so much not-good in this world.

  4. Im just listened to R.Sklioot story on the Australia ABC radio.just amazing Im now searching for the book

  5. Just finished reading the book. How satisfying it is to read that some of the money from the book will benefit the Lack’s family. I’m overwhelmed by the tenacity of Rebecca Skloot and Deborah Lacks to bring this story to the public. I was saddened to read of Deborah’s death and joyed to read of Rebecca’s foundation.

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