For Immediate Release
September 14, 2004

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United Spinal Association Endorses California Proposition 71 -
Joins Broad Coalition Determined To Bring Cures To California


JACKSON HEIGHTS, NY – United Spinal Association announces today it joined a broad coalition supporting Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. The Coalition is comprised of diverse organizations, Nobel Prize-winning scientists and medical experts, individuals and families. Proposition 71, which will appear on the November 2004 ballot, would provide funds needed for the development of lifesaving therapies and cures for diseases that could save the lives of millions of California children and adults and reduce health care costs.

Gerard Kelly, Executive Director of United Spinal, an organization with over 3,500 members, who have spinal cord injury or disease, believes that Proposition 71 could have a tremendous impact on all persons with disabilities. “United Spinal supports cutting-edge research that will make progress toward finding a cure for paralysis and prevention of secondary complications of SCI,” noted Kelly. “Approximately 219,000 to 279,000 people in the United States have some type of spinal cord injury. Stem cell research has the potential to improve the quality of life for millions of Americans and Proposition 71 will provide the much needed funding to make the promise of new cures and treatments a reality.”

It’s estimated that 128 million Americans – including millions of Californians – have diseases or injuries that could be treated or cured with stem cell therapies. These devastating medical problems affect a child or adult in nearly half of all families. They also result in hundreds of billions of dollars in health care costs annually.

Proposition 71 was developed by a coalition of California families and medical experts determined to close the stem cell research funding gap. Currently, there is no state level funding for stem cell research and political roadblocks have severely limited federal funding for some of the most promising types of stem cell research. Proposition 71 steps forward to provide the needed funding for lifesaving stem cell research, requires strict fiscal and public accountability, protects and benefits the state budget, and includes strict ethical deadlines. For more information on Proposition 71 visit: www.yeson71.com

United Spinal Association is a national disability rights organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injury or spinal cord disease by assuring quality health care, promoting research, and advocating for civil rights and independence by educating the public about these issues and enlisting their help to achieve these fundamental goals. For more information about United Spinal, visit: www.unitedspinal.org

 

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