Americans for Cures is the non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)3 organization legacy and/or successor organization to Californians for Stem Cell Research and Cures, the 501(c)4 organization behind 2004’s Proposition 71: the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. With its passage, Proposition 71 authorized $3 billion in funding for stem cell research and therapy development in California, and created the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the State public funding corporation responsible for allocating these funds. Americans for Cures was formed on November 3rd, 2004—the day after the Proposition 71 election—so that support during the organizational period of the new stem cell funding agency, CIRM, and continuing support for the mission, could be funded with tax-exempt donations to a 501(c)3 organization.
Americans for Cures subsequently played a leadership role in assembling the amicus briefs that supported the case of the stem cell funding agency, CIRM, when ideologically extreme opposition incorporated a new non-profit in California and sued on constitutional and statutory grounds to invalidate the agency. Munger, Tolles and Olson contributed their legal services in leading the amicus for USC, Stanford, Salk, City of Hope, and a number of patient advocacy organizations. The strength of the amicus brief provided a depth of insight to the judicial system that helped with the accelerated trial schedule and the verdict at the Superior Court, Court of Appeals and California Supreme Court, in favor of the agency, on every one of 50 or more different causes of action.
Throughout this period, and particularly now, Americans for Cures has a vital role in communicating back to the public that their visionary investment of $6 billion has numerous milestones of success, and has surpassed many of the initial projections on levels of therapeutic progress that were possible in the first ten years. To accomplish this objective, Americans for Cures is leading a “Report Back to the Public” communication program to inform and engage the 7 million California citizens, civil society leaders and leadership organizations who endorsed and/or voted in support of Proposition 71, including the 70+ patient advocacy organizations, the 30+ Nobel Laureates, 150+ elected officials, the 30+ Chambers of Commerce and business and labor groups, of the remarkable progress in stem cell research.
If Americans for Cures is successful in communicating what has been achieved, to benefit the human condition and scientific knowledge, and delivers the vision of what can be achieved through these collaborative research networks’ unprecedented potential, the public will celebrate these successes and continue to support this critical research. Treatments and/or cures for chronic disease and injury are within our grasp, if we can sustain the advances of the scientists dedicated to stem cell therapies.
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