Commendations and many thanks to Governor Rod R. Blagojevich for being responsible, humane, and taking the high ground on the matter of stem cell research.

His executive order ensuring funding for this vital area of research, which offers hope for many who are afflicted with single and multiple disease, as well as a ray of light for preventing them.

Our all-volunteer, non-profit, community-based organization provides HIV, AIDS prevention education to consumers from youth to golden agers. Some people who have diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis etc., become HIV positive. The reverse also occurs: Individuals who are HIV positive acquire or have acquired diseases, aside from AIDS.

Hopefully, his positive, forward-looking action will inspire legislators and State of Illinois officials to support this much-needed direction.

Brenetta Howell Barrett
President, CEO, Pathfinders Prevention Education Fund