Difference Makers Series Day 3: Henrietta Lacks. Henrietta Lacks proves that sometimes, you can drastically change the world and not even know it. Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. The HeLa cells were the first immortal cell line derived from a human cell. They are responsible for advances in invitro fertilization and the proliferation of the polio vaccine.
Day 2 in our Difference Makers series. Today we pay tribute to Jonas Salk. Jonas Edward Salk (October 28, 1914 – June 23, 1995) was an American medical researcher and virologist, best known for his discovery and development of the first successful polio vaccine. He was born in New York City to Jewish parents. Although they had little formal education, his parents were determined to see their children succeed. While attending New York University School of Medicine, Salk stood out from his peers not just because of his academic prowess, but because he went into medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician.
The first honoree for Make a Difference Month is Ms. Marva Collins. Ms. Collins is a lifelong educator that has devoted her life to educating children that others believed were "unteachable" the Westside Preparatory School was founded in her home and taught learning disabled children. Her techniques became utilized throughout the country and children that would not otherwise have been educator were educator. Ms. Collins is truly a difference maker.
“I'm a teacher. A teacher is someone who leads. There is no magic here. I do not walk on water. I do not part the sea. I just love children.”
― Marva Collins
For Bullies Stink, April is Make a Difference Month, for the next month we will be honoring people that have made a difference throughout society. If you would like to nominate someone, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn Strong, BulliesStink Founder & Author
Carolyn Strong, MAT MEd