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 the Phillie Phanatic). Karen and Jim Graham started the Karen Graham Fund at Pennsylvania Hospital in gratitude for the care that Karen received and to provide support to women facing cancer. Their sons, Mark and David Graham, have continued their parents’ mission.
Lillian had a stellar career with the City of Philadelphia. In her 35 years of employment, she worked at the Philadelphia County Prisons, the Department of Finance, the Sheriff’s office and finally the Court of Common Pleas as a Court Administrative Officer. After surviving her battle with breast cancer, however, Ms. Dixon changed the focus of her life and began working with those less fortunate. She started a new career as a teacher and ignited a passion for learning in her students. In addition, as a member of the Haven Peniel United Methodist Church, she spearheaded the creation of the Haven Peniel Senior Citizens Facility, a ten million dollar project funded by HUD.