We will work and never tire until there's a cure for cancer, that is our utmost desire.
Each of our lives have been touched by the dreaded Cancer wrath. So we'll willingly give of our time and wealth until a cure is within our grasp.
As we focus all of our efforts toward our one and only goal, our dedication to fighting cancer is the Royal Dames ultimate role.
We pray for God's divine guidance, Dames keep searching to find an everlasting cure for Cancer to benefit all mankind.
A Regal Parade: The Ocala Royal Dames Tiara Ball 2016
By Ronald W. Wetherington
Saturday evening, The Ocala Royal Dames presented “Majesty: An Evening at the Royal Palaces at their 30th commemorative Tiara Ball. Seven debutantes were presented to Ocala’s high society as well as honoring a Royal Knight, Dr. Scott Antonia. Founder Theresa Castro originally inspired ladies 30 years ago to raise funds to further cancer research. Since those halcyon early days, almost $3 million has been devoted to cancer research. Co-chairs Norma Chicklo and Nikki Siyufy, and the entire Tiara Ball Committee merit the highest of praise for their endeavors. Additionally, President Connie Brown and 1st Vice President Corinne De Vault made this glorious evening most memorable. For more complete coverage, see my Social Scene column in an issue of Ocala Style Magazine.
Photos courtesy of Ron Wetherington, Ocala Style Magazine Social Editor and Ocala Style Magazine
The Royal Dames’ Mission:
To ensure a strong local and regional effort in the fight against cancer through funding research and education.
Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn presents the honorary street sign for Theresa and Bernard Castro Avenue named after our founder of the Ocala Royal Dames, Theresa Castro. Her daughter, Bernadette Castro, accepts the sign.
The College of Central Florida and the CF Foundation appreciate the educational support and community leadership of the members of the Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research Inc.
We are proud to be partners with the Ocala Royal Dames in the fight against cancer. The Ocala Royal Dames Endowment for Cancer Research Endowed Scholarship provides annual scholarships to CF science and nursing students. Many CF students have benefited from this generous scholarship since it became operational in 2002.
The Ocala Royal Dames Endowed Chair for Cancer-Related Educational Resources, which became operational in 2004, provides information about the causes of cancer, prevention and treatment through programs such as ‘Shop Talk’ for our students and for the members of our community.
The college applauds the Dames for their vision and continued support of cancer awareness and education.
Charles R. Dassance, President 1996–2011
Extremely grateful …
The support of the Ocala Royal Dames in providing for cancer research over the years, has added to a very strong and urgent effort to make things better.
It is a difficult and winding road, but we who are engaged in the research have hope. We know that childhood leukemia was 100% fatal in the 1960s and that cancer research has led to a cure rate of 75% today.
In the past few years, cancer incidence and cancer deaths in America have slowly begun to decline.
Groups like the Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research Inc. is an organization that is essential in this work because grants are never enough to carry out all the research that is worthy.
We at UFSCC are extremely grateful for the confidence and support provided by the Ocala Royal Dames … and so are the many patients for the hope that cancer research gives them.
Joseph V. Simone, MD, Director
Thanks for all you have done
The Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research Inc. has assisted us in specialized training for Oncology nurses by sending them to the ONS chemotherapy and Biotherapy courses, as well as sending nurses to specific oncology training seminars.
This training is so important in the care of our Oncology patients. We appreciate the support of our nurses. Thanks for all you have done and continue to do in helping provide quality care of Oncology patients in the Ocala area.