San Antonio, Texas, resident Dawn Johnson contributes to a number of community efforts and nonprofit organizations. Dawn Johnson also belongs to the board of trustees for the South Texas – San Antonio Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Programs administered by the LLS include the Student Series.
The Student Series supports the LLS’s mission of finding a cure for lymphoma and improving the quality of life for individuals diagnosed with blood cancers. It engages children in pre-kindergarten through high school in an assortment of character education and philanthropy programs designed to encourage students to participate in fundraising and giving efforts. To maximize that impact students have on the lives of individuals with blood cancers, the series grows alongside students with programs tailored to each individual school level.
Programs in the Student Series include Pennies for Patients, Collect for Cures, and Students of the Year. Each program engages students in fundraising efforts for the LLS, and the Collect for Cures and Students of the Year initiatives involve a leadership development aspect to help motivate team work and creativity. Since the series’ inception, participating students have raised more than $315 million for breakthrough therapies and patient services. Furthermore, the series raised over $26 million during the 2015-2016 school year.