Community Crusader | Allison Shapiro Dandry

Allison Shapiro Dandry’s career path wasn’t exactly linear. The director of communications and technology for Krispy Krunchy Chicken, a Louisiana based, family owned company, Shapiro Dandry graduated with honors for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in neuroscience from Tulane. Post-Katrina, she shifted her focus to sales, and then to marketing, specializing in brand management and social media marketing before transitioning to Krispy Krunchy in 2011.

But no matter the shift in her job focus, one thing remained constant: her dedication to and love for her community. “The heart of New Orleans is so big and I see that every day in the work I do,” she said. From LA-SPCA to Dress for Success and Newcomb, her focus to her community and the greater good as a volunteer and board member has persisted. Today, she has focused that philanthropic work into Krispy Krunchy’s innovative partnership with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The partnership, which will span all of the 2400 locations across 46 states, will dedicate corporate proceeds to LLS, the largest partnership in the nonprofit’s history.

LLS is at the forefront of the fight to cure cancer while also providing patient support services. Last year, the MS/LA Chapter of LLS provided over $1.63M to patients residing in LA and MS. Compared to other blood cancer nonprofits, LLS is the largest funder of cutting-edge research to advance cures. They are leaders in advancing breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics and personalized medicine. This research saves lives.

Nobody wants to have the cancer conversation but fostering open and educated discussion can be invaluable as an early detection tool. “In a lot of times, you think, ‘I’m just one person. I can’t make a difference,’ but it’s through methods like education that we really can make a difference,” said Shapiro Dandry.

To help LLS and KKC Krunch for A Cure, please donate at: www.krunchforacure.com