Friday, January 27, 2012

Response from Henrietta Lack's Family

When I opened my email this morning I found this waiting for me and wanted to share.  It's a lovely note from the family of Henrietta Lacks.  For those who haven't read this book (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) yet, let me once again stress what a wonderfully written story it is about one woman's (unknowing) contributions to science.  

Greetings Ashley & book club members-
On behalf of the Lacks Family, we would like to thank each and every one of you for taking time to read the amazing story about our beloved Henrietta Lacks, the Lacks Family, and the HeLa cells.  We hope this story has touched your life in a positive way.
We know our beloved, Deborah is smiling down with a humble and proud heart knowing her mom is getting the recognition her and her brothers were desperately trying to accomplish.  Thank God for giving Deborah a spirit that was determined and persistent to know who her mother and sister were. Much honor goes out to the Lacks Brothers: Lawrence, David(Sonny) and Zakariyya for being the true soldiers standing tall with resilience in spite of such abundance of miscommunication, misrepresentation and unethical practices. Kudos to Rebecca for narrating the story very well!
Thank you for reaching out to the family.
Jeri Lacks Whye
(granddaughter of Henrietta Lacks)

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