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Craddick appoints three members to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute Oversight Committee 
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by: Rep. Craddick, Tom

(Austin) - Speaker Tom Craddick, today, appointed three members - Dr. Joseph Bailes of The Woodlands, Dee Kelly of Fort Worth, and Cindy Brinker of Dallas - to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute Oversight Committee.

"Each of these appointees have long been dedicated to fighting cancer through their service to various organizations and medical institutions," Speaker Craddick said. "I am proud that Texas has made a long-term commitment to improve the lives of those who battle this disease and work toward prevention for future generations."

The Oversight Committee of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas includes nine members and is responsible for managing the operations and staff of the Institute. The committee will establish criteria for grant management, track accountability and performance, issue an annual public report outlining the Institute's grant activities, and research accomplishments and future program directions.

The Institute was established to issue $3 billion in general obligation bonds over a period of ten years that will fund grants to find a cure for cancer. These grants will go toward cancer research, clinical trials and laboratory facility construction in Texas. The Institute will replace the Texas Cancer Council and will continue to implement the Texas Cancer Plan, as well as provide grants for cancer prevention and control programs.

Dr. Joseph S. Bailes is an oncologist with experience in legislation, public policy and advocacy. He has been a partner of Texas Oncology, P.A., the largest oncology practice group in the country, since 1986. Dr. Bailes has for two decades has served in various leadership positions for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). He is currently the chair of the ASCO Foundation. He was previously a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He has treated numerous cancer patients throughout his career.

Dee J. Kelly founded the law practice of Kelly, Hart & Hallman P.C., in Fort Worth, in 1979, where he is the founding and senior partner. Mr. Kelly has experience in the airline industry, banking and health care. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of University Medical Center, Inc., and the Board of Trustees of the Moncrief Cancer Foundation. He was previously on the Board of Trustees of the University of Texas Cancer Center. Mr. Kelly is a cancer survivor.

Cindy Brinker Simmons is president of Levenson & Brinker Public Relations. In 1980, Ms. Brinker Simmons founded Wipe Out Kids' Cancer, a non-profit organization that funds cancer research projects at the Children's Medical Center in Dallas. Devoted to philanthropic concerns, she continues to serve on this board along with many others, and is president of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation, one of the nationís oldest and most esteemed non-profit organizations furthering junior tennis development. The Foundation, founded in 1968 and named after Ms. Brinker Simmonsí late mother, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Ms. Brinker Simmons is the author of the popular book LITTLE MOíS LEGACY: A Mother's Lessons, a Daughter's Story. Her husband, Bob Simmons, passed away from a very rare form of abdominal cancer in 2005.

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