Christopher Reeve in ad for Prop 71 in Calif.

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A television ad featuring the late actor Christopher Reeve calls on state voters to support the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative.

The initiative, which will appear on California's Nov. 2 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 would support stem cell research at California hospitals, medical schools and universities, to develop therapies and possible cures for numerous diseases.

The 30-second television ad features Reeve, who passed away Oct. 10 from heart failure. Reeve, paralyzed in an equestrian competition in 1995, helped motivate neuroscientists around the world to conquer the most complex diseases of the brain and central nervous system and he founded the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.

"My foundation supports cutting edge research. And we are proud ... proud supporters of Prop 71," Reeve said in the ad. "Stem cells have already cured paralysis in animals. Stem cells are the future of medicine. Please support Prop 71. And, stand up for those that can't. Thank you."

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