When I was reading “6 People You’ve Never Heard Of Who Probably Saved Your Life” I was especially struck by the story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor tobacco farmer and mother of five, whose cells (called HeLa cells) have been reproduced over the last 60 years to help research cancer, AIDS, radiation, gene mapping, and countless other things.
Not only that, but her cells helped save the lives of millions of children during a polio epidemic in 1952. Cracked.com notes, “Name a disease and Henrietta’s remarkable, unsung role in human history was to help find some way to cure it.”
I would have to say, Henrieta Lacks is a pretty kick-ass Woman!
Read more on Henrietta Lacks and HeLa cells on Wikipedia!