The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - John Van Sloten

December 02, 2012

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. How can something so wrong bring about so much good?

“When people ask – and seems like people always be askin to where I can’t never get away from it – I say, Yeah, that’s right, my mother name was Henrietta Lacks, she died in 1951, John Hopkins took her cells and them cells are still livin today, still multiplyin, still growin and spreadin if you don’t keep em frozen. Science calls her HeLa and she’s all over the world in medical facilities, and in all the computers and the Internet everywhere.... But I always have thought it was strange, if our mother cells done so much for medicine, how come her family can’t afford to see no doctors?”
Henrietta Lacks’ daughter, Deborah, page 9, The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks

"[Henrietta Lacks’ cancer cells were] the first immortal human cells: a continuously dividing line of cells all descended from one original sample, cells that would constantly replenish themselves and never die.”
Danielle Groen, Globe and Mail, March 26, 2010

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
Genesis 50:20, ESV

“God mysteriously transforms our tragedies - life events that we can only understand and experience as broken, hopeless and evil - into restored, hopeful and good things. Often these good things play out in other, larger, later, invisible to us, and never clearly made known to us contexts.”
John Van Sloten

“That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”
Romans 8:28, MSG

“Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders that it would be good if one man died for the people.”
John 18:14, TNIV

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