One of her biggest donations, $100, came from her cousins, one a fellow teacher and the other an avid marathoner.
Another large donation came from a janitor at her school in Crown Point.
A week before she came to Washington the school superintendent asked: "How much more do you need to reach your goal?"
The board of education gave the rest of the money.
But it was the $5 a teacher's aide gave to Dixon's cause that meant the most.
"That was probably her extra spending money for the week," said Dixon. "This race was great, but it was during my last 20-mile training run that I was thinking about all the people who helped me out, $5 at a time, and I had this wonderful epiphany: People are good."