Dawn Scardino, Coordinator of Academic Services in the Department of Medical Oncology, was named the 2012 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year for the eastern Pennsylvania Chapter.
Dawn took the top recognition for raising almost $27,000 in a 10-week fundraising “race” that began on Jan. 30 and ended on April 12. Four women and nine men took part in the race.
Participants had 10 weeks (Dawn did it in eight!) to organize and run their campaigns, with the goal of raising the most money in their chapters. The man and woman who raises the most are named the winners.
The winners–the top male prize went to Anthony Falco, who raised over $200,000–were announced at the Grand Finale Celebration at the Union League of Philadelphia on April 12.
In total, the whole group raised almost $443,000.
All proceeds from the effort go to the LLS, whose mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life for patients with these diseases.
The funds Dawn raised are in honor of LLS’s Boy of the Year, Andrew Clark, a 13-year-old leukemia survivor who began his battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL, at the age of 3.
Since 1949, the LLS has funded over $680 million in medical research aimed at curing different cancers. LLS supports therapies that not only help blood cancer patients but are now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers and are being tested in clinical trials for patients with a range of cancers including lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate.
Dawn started at Jefferson in 1991. Since her arrival in Medical Oncology in 2008 she has helped with the recruitment of 27 new faculty members to the department. This was Dawn’s first year participating in the LLS campaign race.