Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will honor the memory of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells continue to have an impact on medicine 65 years after they were taken during a medical procedure, in a lecture for Women’s History Month.
Johns Hopkins Hospital is hosting the fifth annual Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture this weekend.
About 60 years ago, a doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital removed cancer cells from a poor, black patient named Henrietta Lacks without telling her. Those cells eventually led to many life-saving medical treatments.
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.