Letter from the President
Dear Royal Dames and Supporters,
“Man is not destined to die of Cancer.” It is more than the motto of the Royal Dames. It has become the mantra for the researchers at the Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research at Nova Southeastern University. While research into this illness has seemed painstakingly slow, now significant strides are being made. Breakthroughs are coming at breakneck speed.
The patented F-16 compound, that we help fund, is now showing effectiveness equal to Taxol and better than some other anti-cancer drugs. Talks are underway both here and abroad to license this drug for human clinical trials. Most recently the Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute has received two prestigious grants to advance studies in a new cancer treatment strategy using Phycocyanin, a compound extracted from bacteria that grows in our own Florida Everglades.
Every Royal Dame and sponsor takes pride in these accomplishments. It is their passion and perseverance to provide the necessary funds, that has led to these advances in treatment. Ours is a passion that started 46 years ago has never wavered. To be president of this organization is a privilege that is often challenging, but always rewarding.
We are standing on the threshold of beating this terrible disease, we need your help to step it over. That is why we would like your attendance, sponsorship or both at our most important fundraiser of the year — our annual Tiara Ball. In 2015, we honored the memory of one of our community’s most benevolent individuals, Doreen Koenig.
Please join us in this journey, as we continue to search for a cure.