“The foundation helped me achieve my dream of going to nursing school. It helped me with tuition, and with advising. I am now working as a registered nurse in infectious diseases, and I’m excited to someday soon apply for more funds to attend a graduate nursing program.”

– Victoria Baptiste

Henrietta Lacks’ great granddaughter

“First and foremost I would like to thank Ms. Rebecca Skloot and everyone else involved for the hard work and dedication it has taken to create the Henrietta Lacks Foundation, which has been a huge help to me. The Foundation provided funds for my school fees at All State Career, where I was able to get my CDL training and certification in 2013. Today I own a successful trucking company, Aven Transport LLC, which is based out of Duluth, GA with four trucks. I now plan to go to college for international logistics to expand my knowledge and expertise within my field of work, with the Foundation’s continued help, and continue building my business.”

– Davon Meade

Henrietta Lacks’ great grandson

“Thanks to the Henrietta Lacks Foundation I can now smile without feeling upset about my teeth. The foundation gave me grant money to fix a painful dental problem when I really needed help and had no other options. The foundation also gave me an emergency assistance grant that helped me keep my job when my car broke down and I was unable to work because of it. I appreciate knowing that the foundation is there to help me when I need it. My mother, Deborah Lacks, would be very happy to see the foundation helping so many family members in the way it has—this is something she always wanted to see happen.”

– LaTonya Carter

Henrietta Lacks’ granddaughter

“I want to thank the Henrietta Lacks Foundation for helping me with funds to complete college courses via Ohio University in Athens Ohio.”

– Alfred Carter Jr.

Henrietta Lacks’ grandson

“The foundation provided me with means to attend community college and finish my CN/GNA for EKG, phlebotomy and medical language studies. I had to stop school to take care of my grandmother after a stroke and to help with some family issues, and the foundation has allowed me a stipend of money so I’m able to go back to school, which other scholarships wouldn’t do because I’d been out of my program for a certain amount of time. I’m excited to be back in school and continuing into the field of advanced nursing with an interest in anesthesia and medical research. Going to college has given me the ability to be able to better communicate with other people and feel more comfortable when I’m in different settings with other people.”

– Veronica Spencer

Henrietta Lacks’ great granddaughter

“When I needed a costly dental procedure the foundation got my teeth repaired and I’ve been smiling ever since!  It gave me a better outlook on life, I could smile without putting my hands over my mouth, which I’d always done.  It made me feel more positive — it helped me not just with a smile but it gave me confidence and the boost I needed to represent the legacy of my Grandmother with pride, and have a successful life. I’m so happy the foundation is able to help other people too. In life my grandmother Henrietta loved to take care of people, which is what she does with her cells as part of her everlasting legacy. It means a lot to me that The Henrietta Lacks Foundation is part of that legacy and that it helps not just the Lacks family but others too, just as Henrietta would have wanted it.”

– Kimberly Lacks

Henrietta Lacks’ granddaughter

“We are absolutely delighted to have this grant from The Henrietta Lacks Foundation. The funding will be used to provide scholarships to descendants of the men of the United States Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee. We look forward to making scholarships available to more family members in the future.”

– Carmen J. Head, MPH

Voices for Our Father’s Legacy Foundation

“The Henrietta Lacks Foundation has been a great blessing for me. I needed to have cataract surgery, but I had been putting it off for almost three years due to lack of money to cover the surgery. Thanks to the foundation I was able to get my surgery. I am now able to drive and read again, which I’d stopped being able to do. Deborah Lacks loved helping people, and so did Henrietta. I know they’re smiling down from Heaven saying Look what we’ve done for the world.

– Shirley Lacks

Henrietta Lacks’ daughter-in-law

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