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October 29, 2018Inspired By Sisterhood by admin

OCTOBER 29, 2018—Henrietta Lacks was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.   Award-winning science writer Rebecca Skloot’s book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.   Reading about Henrietta Lacks and her unwitting contribution to medical science is an experience. But participating in a discussion about Henrietta’s story and its applications today was remarkable.   The Louisville Alumna Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta sorority invited WGCA to participate in its Art of Literacy Book Club Health Fair on Oct. 28. WGCA Founder Dr. Bob Hilgers shared the challenges of cancer prevention and care in low-resource countries as well as impoverished areas of the U.S.   Sharing WGCA’s story with an outstanding group of engaged, bright women gives us renewed energy to continue our work. Their concern for and interest in the well-being of women in low-resource countries as well as those in their own communities is inspiring.   Our thanks to the sisters of Delta Sigma Theta for the opportunity to participate with them in this important event.

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