Megan Johnson to Represent Her State at National Jefferson AwardsPatient Ambassador Megan Johnson will represent the state of Washington at the national Jefferson Awards ceremony in Washington, DC. Megan was one of five local winners of the prestigious award for volunteerism and community service.
An online vote decided which of the five would represent the state at the national ceremony and the winner was announced at a breakfast at the CityClub in Seattle, on April 13.
The awards were co-founded by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard to recognize, inspire and activate volunteerism and public service in communities, workplaces and schools across America.
Megan, who just turned 20, is a one-woman powerhouse who put aside her own challenges and started her own charity — at the age of 10 — called Megan’s Mission which continues to provide and personally deliver hats, scarves and gloves to the homeless of Seattle. She has authored, illustrated and published three children’s books to benefit charity; speaks to school groups to help children understand differences in people to help stop bullying; and is a tireless fundraiser (and cheerleader) for Shriners Hospitals for Children®. Megan also provides financial contributions to several local charities focusing on the homeless and at-risk children.
Megan has grown her mission to include a unique partnership with the Monroe Correction Complex in Monroe, Wash., called Giving Back, where inmates have made hundreds of hats that are distributed to the homeless and other in need.
Megan has been a patient of Shriners Hospitals for Children since she was five years old, where she has undergone treatment for bilateral cleft lip and palate, a condition where the tissues of the mouth and lip form improperly, causing serious cosmetic issues as well as problems with hearing, eating, breathing and speaking. Additionally, she has hemifacial dysplasia which is a condition where the bones in her face grow at different rates. In March 2011, Megan underwent her 28th surgery at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Portland, Ore.
Megan is a nursing student at Highline Community College in Seattle.
We are very proud of Megan, her remarkable accomplishments and dedication to her community and to Shriners Hospitals for Children.