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Who are the Royal Dames?

The Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research, Inc. was incorporated in February 1987. We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization.

We are unique among charitable organizations in that we are all volunteers coming together with one common goal, to eradicate cancer. The Royal Dames not only fund research and educational projects, but we stay involved through updates, reports, seminars and yearly tours of UF Health Cancer Center and Moffitt Cancer Center to remain knowledgeable about research that is being done.

The organization is professionally run with a dedicated volunteer Board of Trustees. Our members are a group of spirited women who come from all walks of life. Many are completely immersed in the day-to-day operations of the organization and others who don’t have quite as much time to volunteer are satisfied in knowing that their pledges are helping in the fight against cancer.

One of the most satisfying aspects of being a Royal Dame is the wonderful camaraderie and deep passion of all involved. We are truly a sisterhood who will not give up until a cure is found to fight this terrible disease.

The Royal Dames’ Mission:

To ensure a strong local and regional effort in the fight against cancer through funding research and education.

Karen Zeedyk
Joan Audette
First Vice President
Helen Greene
Second Vice President
Marcia Yiasemides
Teula Bondank

The Royal Dames’ Creed

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.

—Katrina Brantley