Glenbard parenting event follow-up to family read "Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
Aug 11, 2016 9:23 AM -
The Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families will host author Rebecca Skloot in a presentation based on her award-winning book and this year's Glenbard Family Read selection, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," on Thursday, Aug. 25. "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" tells the riveting story of a poor black tobacco farmer whose cancer cells, taken without her knowledge or consent in 1951, became one of the most vital tools in modern medicine. The cell line of Lacks, known to scientists as "HeLa," has been widely used in medical research and has led to the development of the polio vaccine, cancer treatments, gene mapping and more. Lack's cells have been sold for billions of dollars, yet she and her family remain virtually unknown and uncredited. As her decedents can't afford access to the healthcare advances made possible by their mother's cells, the story raises questions and discussion about race, class, and ethics.