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#1: Dave Van der Linden

Dave Van der Linden has been part of Walk MS New York City for the past 11 years when he first participated as an individual in 2001. In 2004, he joined the team The Cure and has been a member for the past eight years. In 2011, The Cure joined forces with another long-time Walk team, S’meylin Brite, and Dave was among the members of the merged teams. Since 2001, Dave has raised more than $537,000! 

#2: Adam Popper

Adam Popper has been an active Walk MS New York City participant for the past 17 years. As part of the J-Walkers team, Adam has raised more than $368,000! Look out for the J-Walkers at the South Street Seaport on April 28 - they have one of the largest teams with a number of Top Fundraisers (see #4 below!)

#3: Scott Richter

Scott Richter is our top Walk MS Westchester fundraiser. He started walking with us in 2009 and has raised $110,904 since then. His team, SayHey, is one of the top Westchester County teams and is out in full force every year! 

#4: Jackie Popper

Jackie Popper has been participating in Walk MS New York City since 1996. As the captain of J-Walkers, Jackie leads a team of more than 100 members, including her husband, Adam (see #2 above), her children, Max and Hannah and numerous other friends and family members! Jackie has raised more than $200,000 for Walk MS! 

#5: Dalia Sussman

Dalia Sussman consistently ranks in the Elite 200 Club and has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars. Dalia walks in New York City at the South Street Seaport and leads her team, Furst Class. Look out for Dalia’s team in Manhattan on April 28; here’s a hint: Hello Kitty!

#6: Michael Cerveris

Michael Cerveris has raised nearly $100,000 for Walk MS New York City since 2006. You can spot him at Walk MS New York City with his distinctive shaved head! We look forward to seeing him there again in 2013!

#7: Carolyn Protass

Carolyn Protass first started walking as an individual and then started a team, Wednesday Warriors in 2007. Since 2003, Carolyn has raised more than $150,000; she has some support, too (look at #9 below)!

#8: Barbara Wander

Barbara Wander has been a participant of Walk MS New York City since 1997 and started her team, Glenn’s Group, in 2002. Since 1997, Barbara has raised more than $200,000! We can’t wait for 2013 and neither can Barbara!

#9: Steven Protass

Steven Protass joined Walk MS New York City with his wife, Carolyn, (see #7 above) in 2003. Since that time, Steven has raised more than $150,000. He and his wife, Carolyn, are always memorable members of the Elite 200 Club and we are thrilled to have them back!

#10: Theresa LaRocca

Theresa LaRocca has been leading the Maimonides MS Care Center team since 2005. Since that time, Theresa has individually raised more than $50,000! In 2013, she has a goal of getting her team, Morgante’s Multiple Successes, into the Elite Team Area. We’re confident she can do it!



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