Fundraising for Henrietta Lacks statue nears goal

Published: Jun. 10, 2022 at 4:25 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - An update now on the effort to honor Roanoke native Henrietta Lacks with a statue in her hometown.

Cancer took her life almost 70 years ago, but her cells lived on, fostering major breakthroughs in medical research.

So far, a fundraising campaign has brought in about $130,000 for the statue outside the Roanoke Municipal Building, and a documentary about Roanoke’s hidden histories.

Trish White-Boyd is Roanoke’s Vice-Mayor and a leader of the committee that organized the fundraising campaign.

“I thought it would be a challenge to raise that kind of money during this time,” White-Boyd told WDBJ7 Friday. “You know, these are difficult times, but people saw it important enough to go ahead and make those donations.”

The committee hopes to raise another $30,000 to reach its goal.

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