This year we commemorate 70 years since Henrietta Lacks’ HeLa cells changed the world and her untimely death on October 4, 1951.
Join The Lacks Family as we honor her legacy through HELA100: The Henrietta Lacks Initiative by educating future generations on the impact of her HeLa cells while advancing health equity and social justice.
Henrietta's great-granddaughters Victoria Baptiste, RN BSN, and Veronica Robinson are the first Lacks family members to publish a journal article! Read about HELA100's collaboration with the University of Bristol led by friend of the Lacks Family, Dr. Caroline McKinnon.
Give to directly support The Lacks Family's HELA100 not-for-profit initiative honoring the Mother of Modern Medicine through education, arts, advocacy and science.
Watch the World Health Organization (WHO) Honor Henrietta Lacks with the WHO Director-General’s award, recognizing her world-changing legacy.
Join The Lacks Family's annual CELLebrate Henrietta Lacks Summit to engage with leaders to honor Henrietta Lacks while advancing health equity and social justice.
On August 1, 2020, The Lacks Family launched "HELA100: Henrietta Lacks Centennial CELLebration" to honor her legacy on the occasion of Henrietta's 100th birthday!
In honor of Henrietta Lacks’101st birthday, The Lacks Family announced the advancement of HELA100 as the “HELA100 The Henrietta Lacks Initiative”. This year HELA100 commemorates 70 years since her HeLa cells changed the world and her untimely death.
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 century and continue to benefit all of humanity.
We, The Lacks Family, invite the world to support our mission to preserve our grandmother's legacy by educating future generations on the impact of her phenomenal HeLa cells while promoting health equity
and social justice.
The Lacks Family honors Henrietta Lacks. Henrietta, was a wife and mother of five
who unknowingly changed the world
with the gift of her immortal HeLa cells.
From polio, cancer, HIV, HPV, IVF to COVID-19,
her HeLa cells continue to impact the world.