Honor Henrietta Lacks Legacy On Giving Tuesday

Join the Lacks Family in making a difference on GivingTuesday! There are so many ways Henrietta Lacks' HeLa cells have helped us all.

Now you can help to ensure we can continue our mission through HELA100: The Henrietta Lacks Initiative to honor her legacy by educating future generations on the impact of her HeLa cells while advancing health equity and social justice around the world.

The Lacks Family thanks you in advance for your contribution. To learn more about our family-led HELA100 initiative, visit HELA100.org.

SAY HER NAME - Henrietta Lacks:
Henrietta Lacks, a phenomenal black woman, wife, and mother unknowingly changed the face of medical science, contributing to lasting, worldwide improvements in health. Henrietta is referred to as the Mother of Modern Medicine - her contributions to medical discoveries resulting from her HeLa cells helped make possible some of the most important medical advances of the last century. Henrietta’s life has incontestably impacted global health, scientific research, bioethics, patient rights, and equity that benefit all people.

GIVE & GET! Please consider donating at a level below and receive your THANK YOU GIFT as your way of honoring Henrietta Lacks:

$31 - Your “$31” donation honors how at only 31 years of age, Henrietta Lacks' life was cut short on October 4, 1951, leaving behind her husband and 5 young children. As a thank you, you'll receive a 4 inch HELA100 limited-edition sticker. 

$70 - Your "$70" donation honors 70-years of Henrietta Lacks' HeLa cells impact on the world. As a thank you, you'll receive a HELA100 limited-edition mask.

$101 - Your "$101" donation honors the 101st birthday of Henrietta Lacks - the Mother of Modern Medicine. As a thank you, you'll receive a HELA100 limited-edition pin.

 ***Donation Thank You Gifts will ONLY be mailed within the United States due to international shipping fees. PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR US MAILING ADDRESS to receive your gift.


On August 1, 2020, Henrietta's 100th birthday was honored around the world with the launch of the yearlong HELA100: Henrietta Lacks Centennial CELLebration led by The Lacks Family. It is only fitting that during this historical year, her legacy was further recognized globally by the World Health Organization and the National Women's Hall of Fame. In the U.S., The Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act, was signed into law on December 18, 2020. This law calls for the U.S. Government Accountability Office to complete a study that reviews actions taken by federal agencies to help to address barriers to participation in federally funded cancer clinical trials by populations that have been traditionally underrepresented in such trials.

In 2021, in honor of Henrietta Lacks’ 101st birthday, The Lacks Family announced the advancement of their philanthropic effort “HELA100: The Henrietta Lacks Initiative,” which educates future generations on the impact of Henrietta Lacks’ HeLa cells while promoting health equity and social justice. To commemorate 70 years since Henrietta Lacks’ HeLa cells changed the world and her untimely death on October 4, 1951, The Lacks Family proudly embarked on the HELA100 Worldwide Tour. 

On October 4, 2021, the HELA100 Worldwide Tour started in Bristol, with the unveiling of a life-size statue of Henrietta Lacks - the first public sculpture of a Black woman made by a Black woman in the UK by artist Helen Wilson-Roe and commissioned by the University of Bristol. The tour continued in the UK and on to Germany as The Lacks Family met with diplomatic leaders, artists, poets, researchers, scientists, students, community members and conducted first-ever workshops and conversations on Henrietta Lacks' legacy, racism, ethics, patient empowerment, normalized malpractice, oral history, the societal impact of the prison industrial complex and the role of the arts in education. 

Then on October 13, 2021, at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, welcomed The Lacks Family led by Lawrence Lacks, Sr., Henrietta Lacks' eldest son for a special dialogue acknowledging the legacy of Henrietta Lacks, her contribution to revolutionary advancements in medical science and honored the late Henrietta Lacks with a WHO Director-General’s award, recognizing her world-changing legacy. 

To follow how supporters like you are helping The Lacks Family advance HELA100, visit hela100 .org and follow us on social media @CELLebrateHeLa .  

We invite the world to CELLebrate Henrietta Lacks and thank you for honoring her legacy, to ensure generations to come continue to Say Her Name - Henrietta Lacks!

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