Not HeLa Legacy Foundation, this foundation helps

Not many people know about Henrietta and her contribution to current science. The author of this book Rebecca Skloot wanted to change this. Through Henrietta’s remaining family came the importance of HeLa cells and Henrietta’s life. This woman would lead the way for the medical field and expand our understanding of thriving cells outside the body.  Samples were taken from her cervix when she came in complaining of a bleeding lump on her cervix.Shoe would’ve never thought it would be a cancerous tumor that would soon lead to the Immortal cell line for scientific experimentation. According to, ” The experience for Robinson’s grandfather,  Henrietta Lacks’ son, was more fraught. Lawrence Lacks was Henrietta’s oldest and he had memories his sister didn’t. “He had to go back to the grave, dig up his mother again and relive that hurt,” Robinson said. “But we’re stronger than ever and trying to keep the family tight.” Robinson is among those who derive strength in continued service to the family legacy. She sits at tables and stands before audiences that would have been unimaginable to her great-grandmother, who was treated in the “colored ward” of Johns Hopkins Hospital.”  Robinson works at a National Institute of Health board that scans the HeLa genome sequencing data. She is the director of the Henrietta Lacks HeLa Legacy Foundation, this foundation helps families going through medical crises.  The author worked with Debroah to get Henrietta’s story. The author learns that the Lacks family had been treated horribly by the media and the scientific community. She has to earn their trust before they’ll allow her to tell their story. The sample that was taken was unknowingly transferred to George Gey’s lab, a scientist who wanted to expand the knowledge of cells. They studied it and attempted to grow new cells from the sample; there was not much hope because they all died within a few days and even hours. Henrietta’s cells changed this after many days of being studied and still living the scientist began to realize that he had discovered something amazing. When the cells finally began growing in Grey’s lab it an advance in science. This was a big accomplishment on his part. Henrietta was never told of this or how important her cells had become. She lived without knowing that the cancerous cells inside her were continuing to grow despite receiving treatment from the doctors that she was skeptical of to begin with in this time, she was also dealing with segregation and Jim Crow Laws. Her only treatment was a small patch of radiation into her cervix. After some tests showed that the tumor disappeared she continued with her normal routine. Farming, raising her children, and enjoying life. However, it eventually would make her infertile and cause her skin on her torso to turn black. She died when she was 31 along with her death, a husband and 5 children were left behind. Her husband, David Lacks allowed a cousin and his wife to move into their house to take care of the children. Ethel and Galen were abusive to the children  Deborah and Joe suffered the most.  Joe was beat and isolated from the rest of the family, while Deborah was raped by Galen. Joe grew up to be violent and unstable, and spent years in prison for murdering a guy who had threatened him. Deborah had to defend herself against Galen and found herself in an abusive marriage at a young age.