Highway Marker To Honor Cancer Patient, Henrietta Lacks

CLOVER, Va. (AP) — A poor black woman whose tumor cells helped scientists make advances in cancer treatment is being honored with a historical highway marker near her childhood home in Virginia.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the marker honoring Henrietta Lacks will be dedicated July 29 in Clover.

Lacks was living in Baltimore in 1951 when, unbeknownst to her, a tissue sample was taken from her cervical tumor. It was used by a researcher at Johns Hopkins Hospital to start a line of cells that have since helped scientists with advances in the treatment of cancer and other diseases, such as helping develop the polio vaccine.

Lacks died in 1951.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. Sylvan Finkelstein says:

    IT WOULD ALSO BE A VERY NICE JESTER IF ALL STATES WOULD PUT UP MILE MARKERS DEDICATED TO ALL THOSE IN THAT STATE THAT LOST THEIR LIVES TO ALL FORMS OF CANCERS

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