As a member of the Florida State Senate for the past ten years and now as a member of Congress, leading efforts to utilize and fund embryonic stem cell research is not just a priority of mine, but a mission. A large part of my passion is driven by people like Adam Susser, a young boy from Boca Raton. Adam was asphyxiated at birth and as a result, is cortically blind with quadriplegic cerebral palsy. My mission is also driven by Matthew Romer, a young boy in South Florida who died from a fatal genetic disease, despite both parents being told they did not carry the gene. The promises of stem cell research mean that children like Adam could be cured and live a more normal life, and children like Matthew who are born with a rare illness could be cured and live.