This year’s recipient of the James F. Graham Woman of Courage Award –sponsored by the Karen Graham Fund – and presented at the Together We Can! Benefit – is Lillian M.J. Dixon (at left with thePhillie Phanatic). Karen and Jim Graham started theKaren Graham Fund at Pennsylvania Hospital in gratitude for the care that Karenreceived and to provide support to women facing cancer. Their sons, Mark andDavid Graham, have continued their parents’ mission.
Lillian had a stellar career with the City of Philadelphia. In her35 years of employment, she worked at the Philadelphia County Prisons, theDepartment of Finance, the Sheriff’s office and finally the Court of CommonPleas as a Court Administrative Officer. After surviving her battle with breastcancer, however, Ms. Dixon changed the focus of her life and began working withthose less fortunate. She started a new career as a teacher and ignited apassion for learning in her students. In addition, as a member of the HavenPeniel United Methodist Church, she spearheaded the creation of the HavenPeniel Senior Citizens Facility, a ten million dollar project funded by HUD.