For Immediate Release
October 14, 2004

Contact:
Fiona Hutton
Roger Salazar
800-931-CURE



YES ON PROPOSITION 71 LAUNCHES STATEWIDE ADS FEATURING MICHAEL J. FOX

(Los Angeles, CA) —Proponents of Yes on Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, today announced the launch of a new television ad featuring Michael J. Fox that calls on voters to support the initiative.

The 30-second television ad features actor/patient advocate Michael J. Fox, who was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson's disease in 1991. Upon disclosing his condition in 1998, he committed himself to the campaign for increased funding for Parkinson's research. He founded the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research in 2000. To date, the Foundation has funded nearly $50 million in research aimed at a cure, either directly or through partnerships.

In the ad, Fox states, “My most important role lately is as an advocate for patients…and for finding new cures for diseases. That’s why I’m asking you to vote Yes on Proposition 71…Stem Cell Research Initiative. 71 will support research to find cures for diseases that affect millions of people…including cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Please support the effort to find cures by voting Yes on 71. It could save the life of someone you love.”

The Yes on 71 coalition will begin airing this new television ad statewide on Monday, October 14, 2004. The spot, among others in rotation, can also be viewed on the campaign web site. Click here to see YES on Prop 71 TV ads.
The initiative, which will appear on California’s November 2nd statewide ballot, would authorize the issuance of $3 billion in tax-free, state general obligation bonds to provide funding for stem cell research.

Prop 71 will support stem cell research at California hospitals, medical schools and universities, to develop life-saving therapies and cures for diseases that could save the lives of millions of California children and adults. Scientists believe that stem cell research holds the promise to treat a multitude of diseases that include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, ALS and spinal cord injuries. These diseases affect 128 million Americans, including a child or adult in nearly half of all California families.

Prop 71 has also drawn a broad and diverse coalition of grassroots supporters that also include Nobel Prize-winning scientists and medical experts, more than 140 state and local elected officials, faith-based organizations, families involved in patient advocacy and efforts to cure diseases, and organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association California Council, California Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, California Medical Association, American Nurses Association of California, American Diabetes Association, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California, ALS Therapy Development Foundation, Parkinson’s Action Network, California Congress of Seniors, and the National Coalition for Cancer Research (NCCR). A complete list of endorsing organizations can be found on the campaign’s website. Click here to see a list of supporters.

Prop 71 was developed by a coalition of California families and medical experts determined to close the stem cell research funding gap. Currently, our state has no effective mechanism to fund stem cell research and political roadblocks have severely limited federal funding for some of the most promising types of stem cell research.
 
More information on Prop can be obtained at www.YesOn71.com.  
 

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