Hen­ri­etta Lacks es­say con­test now open

The Dundalk Eagle - - REC COUNCIL NEWS -

The Hen­ri­etta Lacks Legacy Group is pleased to an­nounce the 6th An­nual Es­say and Video Com­pe­ti­tion. Open to all mid­dle, high, and home schooled stu­dents, the com­pe­ti­tion is de­signed to ex­tend the ex­tra­or­di­nary legacy of Mrs. Lacks to new gen­er­a­tions of stu­dents. The dead­line for sub­mis­sions is Dec. 31, 2018.

Mid­dle school stu­dents are in­vited to write a let­ter to Hen­ri­etta Lacks re­flect­ing on her con­tri­bu­tions

to medicine and how her HeLa cells af­fected them or their fam­i­lies per­son­ally.

High school stu­dents are in­vited to sub­mit es­says or video clips on the im­por­tance of rec­og­niz­ing Mrs. Lacks’ con­tri­bu­tions to the world.

Lacks is best rec­og­nized for her im­mor­tal HeLa cells, as they are known in the med­i­cal re­search com­plex. Her cells have been used in re­search that led to the devel­op­ment of the Po­lio vac­cine and for the devel­op­ment of the can­cer drugs ta­mox­ifen as well as chemo­ther­apy. Ad­vanced re­search for in­fluenza, Parkin­son’s dis­ease and leukemia cures were ma­jor

con­tri­bu­tions de­vel­oped from the HeLa cells. Fur­ther re­search, which led to gene map­ping, cloning and in-vitro fer­til­iza­tion are also to be in­cluded among con­tri­bu­tions made by HeLa cells. HeLa cells were used to test the ef­fects of atomic ra­di­a­tion, and they were sent into outer space for ex­per­i­men­ta­tion on zero grav­ity. These im­mor­tal cells are still the high­es­trank­ing re­search cell used through­out all ma­jor med­i­cal re­search com­plexes around the world.

HLLG is a non-profit (501 c 3) or­ga­ni­za­tion that ex­ists to pro­tect, pre­serve, and pro­mote the legacy of Hen­ri­etta Lacks and her con­tri­bu­tions

to mod­ern medicine (via HeLa Cells). It also ex­ists to serve as a clear­ing house for ac­tiv­i­ties that ex­tend Lacks’ legacy and his­toric of Turner Sta­tion, Mary­land, where Lacks resided at the time of her death. The An­nual Es­say and Video Com­pe­ti­tion is one of the ways HLLG meets its mis­sion.

Win­ners will be rec­og­nized at the Black His­tory Month Event sched­uled for Feb. 24, 2019, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Mount Olive Bap­tist Church, 651 Mount Olive Road. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 920-203-3967 or send in­quires to hlack­sle­[email protected] or visit Hen­ri­et­taLack­sLe­ga­cyGroup.org.

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