Cash Sweat & Tears Award


NYC MarathonThe 2014 Cash, Sweat & Tears Award winner, Dave Van der Linden, has been a dedicated Walk MS participant since 2000.  Motivated to do something following his mother’s diagnosis with multiple sclerosis (MS), Van der Linden took part in his first Walk MS event in 2000. Over the course of the last 13 years, Van der Linden has raised nearly $700,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and recently completed his first road race, the ING New York City Marathon.National Walk MS logo

Born in Belgium, Van der Linden moved to the United States nearly 20 years ago. His mother was diagnosed with MS in 1985 at the age of 41, but struggled with symptoms long before the diagnosis. The disease accelerated quite a bit and she became wheelchair bound full time in 1998. She passed away in 2013.

Van der Linden became really involved with The Society because of his mother’s struggles, saying that “… even though my proceeds wouldn’t benefit her directly, I wanted to support the cause globally for people who are in the same shape or worse than she was here in New York.”

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2014 Honor Roll

Outstanding volunteers were nominated for the 2014 Cash, Sweat & Tears Award. Their dedication and achievements made selecting a winner very challenging. We recognize all of the nominees by listing them in our 2014 Honor Roll:

Jessica Lawrence Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Tracy Rosenstiehl American Cancer Society
Tonya Hill American Lung Association
Colleen Ryan Arthritis Foundation
Rob Newbold Autism Speaks
Lisa Korslund Be The Match
Cassandra Clifford Bridge to Freedom Foundation
Linda Keller Children’s Tumor Foundation
Ryan Wachter Children’s Tumor Foundation
Paul Chan Church World Service
Janie Schilde Church World Service
Andrew Hudon,  Michael Tabtabai and the Leave It On The Road Team Colon Cancer Awareness
Antonie Kline Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) Foundation
Kimberly Morris Karp CureSearch
Deanna Foust Fisher House Foundation
Jessica Leonard Girls on the Run International
Kelly Lam JDRF
Jeff Cartwright, Keith Bao & Victoria Mui JDRF
Keri Scarff Kent Parks Foundation
Jeff Mulder LIVESTRONG Foundation
Tom Catterson National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Elizabeth Giardina National Multiple Sclerosis Society
David Greenstein National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Adam Hartzler National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Ashley Kumlien National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Rondi Loganzo National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Sean Murdoch National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Liliane Haub National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Southern NY Chapter                                                
Eric Kaplan National Parkinson Foundation
Joan Simon PKD Foundation
Short Family PKD Foundation
Richard Ashear Team Just One Life
Winter Vinecki Team Winter
Lynn McCarthy & Fred Brooke The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
Steve Geist TREE Fund
Steve Cooper ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer

More information on the Award:

The Cash, Sweat & Tears Awards honor the passion of your most extraordinary volunteers – the people who take on physical challenges, overcome obstacles or raise huge sums from friends, family and colleagues for your cause. Each year we invite each athletic event fundraising program in the US and Canada to nominate one inspiring participant for the Cash Sweat and Tears Award. The nomination period opens in November.

For more information on those we have honored in the past please click here