Farewell to our CEO

Leukemia Texas wishes a fond farewell to our CEO Jessica Dunn, who is leaving LTX for another opportunity in the nonprofit industry. Jessica has been our fearless leader for almost 4 years, and we’re going to miss her very much! We really appreciate everything she’s done for LTX during her tenure. Below is what Jessica wrote about her departure as she reflected on her time at Leukemia Texas.

Jessica with Buddy Bear

After almost 4 years of being the CEO of Leukemia Texas (LTX), I will soon be leaving for a new adventure.

I joined LTX in June 2020 in the midst of the pandemic and during a time where the organization should have been celebrating their 50th anniversary but they were instead trying to figure out how we move forward after canceling all our special events which was a huge loss in revenue.

During this time, we never stopped providing Patient Aid Grants to leukemia patients of all ages across the state of Texas. Each year we provided over 300 patients with grants of $1,000 to offset their medical, living and travel expenses.

We continued working to realign our mission to have the biggest impact in this new post Covid world and created our first Virtual BEATLEukemia Ball in 2021 and brought the Ball back in 2022, created our Strike Out Charity Baseball Game, our Swing Fore Leukemia Golf Tournament, rebranded our logo and mission statement along with redesign our website, create our first annual giving program, summer internship program, and our first ever Buddy Bear programs including Buddy Bears, Travel Buddy, Buddy Notes, Buddy Packs, and of course our mascot Buddy in Action.

We did all this and so much more with only two staff members (including me) and we covered the whole state. As part of a small team, I learned to wear many hats and learned so many new skills like accounting, IT, etc. which none I want to make a career out of though… haha!

However, we couldn’t have done all this without the love and support of our wonderful event Committees, volunteers, Board Members, partners and LTX friends.

We have truly changed lives and helped give patients hope when they needed it most.

I will forever be grateful of all that we have accomplished and the impact that I have made here at LTX, but now it is time for a new adventure, so I look forward to sharing more soon.

Thank you to YOU if you have supported me and LTX over these last few years and I hope you know how much I love and appreciate you. 

– Jessica