Every day we hear about a new drug, screening tool or technology that promises to improve our knowledge of health and disease. Generally, the news is good, or at least hopeful, reassuring the public that important research is progressing. Often, the new breakthroughs have been demonstrated in the lab or in animal models and has not yet been studied in humans, a process that could take years. Sometimes the lab findings do not translate well to the human and the researcher may have to start all over with a new strategy. This is particularly frustrating for individuals who have a disease or condition that is debilitating and could be deadly. The new movie, Extraordinary Measures, is the story about a father who self-funds a researcher to accelerate the process for a promising drug for Pompe disease because his children have the condition. It is a great example of how driven and focused we can become when our own loved ones are ill.