Royal Neighbors to surprise Rock Island woman with a $7,500 to raise awareness of ovarian cancer


Royal Neighbors of America will make a surprise visit to Crow Valley Country Club to present Jodie Kavensky of Rock Island a check for $7,500. The funds from the organization’s Nation of NeighborsSM Program will help Jodie raise awareness of ovarian cancer through the NormaLeah Ovarian Cancer Foundation she created in 2011. 

Jodie established the foundation to fulfill a promise to her mother, Norma, who died of the disease, to help fight the deadly disease. Jodie also lost her aunt, Leah, to the illness. With the funds from the Nation of Neighbors Program, Jodie will be able to print and distribute more BEAT OVCA cards which remind women of the four most common symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Focusing on its history of standing strong for women, Royal Neighbors has given nearly $1.5 million to more than 1,000 families and individuals in reaching their goals and rebuilding their lives through its Nation of Neighbors Program. The program, which was launched in 2007, demonstrates Royal Neighbors’ vision of protecting women financially and empowering them to improve their lives, families, and communities, the philosophy on which Royal Neighbors was founded in 1895.  

Through the 2013 program, determined women of strength and courage are empowered with financial assistance to achieve their full potential, realize a sense of renewed personal growth, and give back to their communities. Each year, Royal Neighbors members and sales agents across the country are asked to nominate individuals they know who want to change their lives for the better. A panel reviews each nomination and determines the recipients and the monetary amounts awarded.

Royal Neighbors of America, one of the nation’s largest women-led life insurance organizations, exists for the benefit of its members. It offers insurance products to fulfill financial needs of growth, savings, and protection. Members receive valuable benefits and can participate in volunteer activities through the organization’s local chapters to help make a difference in their communities. The organization’s philanthropic efforts are dedicated to changing women's lives through its national programs, including the Nation of NeighborsSM Program, and through the Royal Neighbors Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Headquartered in Rock Island, IL, with a branch office in Mesa, AZ, Royal Neighbors serves more than 200,000 members and is licensed to do business in 42 states and the District of Columbia. 

To learn more about Royal Neighbors and its Nation of Neighbors recipients, visit or call (800) 627-4762.        
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