Cash, Sweat & Tears Award

Alexys Fleming, 2016 Cash, Sweat & Tears WinnerAlexys Fleming, a 23-year-old expert make-up artist living with type 1 diabetes, who taps into family, friends and a network of millions of YouTube followers to raise money for the American Diabetes Association, is the winner of the 2016 Cash, Sweat and Tears Award.

Since graduating high school in 2010, Fleming has raised more than $80,000 for the American Diabetes Association through the Chicago Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes and by hosting private fundraising events. Much of that money has come through directly soliciting her fans and followers on YouTube — some of whom have actually been motivated by Fleming to fundraise for ADA alongside her.

Read Alexys’ inspiring story

Meet the previous Cash, Sweat & Tears Award winners


2016 Honor Roll

Alexys Fleming was one of a long list of outstanding volunteers who were nominated for the 2016 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 2016 Honor Roll:

    • Josh Argall, Muscular Dystrophy Association
    • Michelle Bussiere, Muscular Dystrophy Association
    • Andrea Callaway, NephCure Kidney International
    • Jimmy Choi, Michael J. Fox Foundation
    • Pablo Colon, Young Survival Coalition
    • Brian D’Apice, Pencils of Promise
    • Amy Degnan, Muscular Dystrophy Association
    • Heather Geronemus, Mothers Against Drunk Driving
    • Teri Griege, American Association for Cancer Research
    • Gavin Herman, Camp George
    • Kira Kazantsev, Team Horizon
    • Barb and Al Kelkhoff, Angelman Syndrome Foundation
    • Lisa Korslund, Be the Match
    • Amy McKelvey, CureSearch
    • Rod Lauredo, Organization for Autism Research
    • Stephanie Milton, Canadian Down Syndrome Society
    • Shelley Nadel, Junior Achievement
    • Marc Needlman, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation
    • Paula and Buddy Owens
    • Jeremy Pivor, National Brain Tumor Society
    • Suzanne Reisler Litwin, JDRF
    • Stacey Samit, Brooklyn Autism Center
    • Lauren Stanford, JDRF
    • Debbie Stein, SPCA
    • Drew Swiss, Team for Kids
    • Harriette Thompson, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
    • Michael Westphal, Michael J. Fox Foundation
    • Matthew White, Covenant House


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