Since 2004, the City of Yorba Linda has honored a member of the community who provides outstanding volunteer service and who devotes their time and talent to making our community a better place to live and work. The City is proud to announce that Yorba Linda's 2020 Citizen of the Year is local hero, Cindy De Mint!
Cindy’s life purpose was defined when three of her four children were diagnosed with a rare degenerative neurological disorder called Ataxia. This genetic disease can leave patients unable to walk, drive, write, and handle their own basic needs. Cindy was led to action and to be a voice for the Ataxia community. She joined a local support group, and as she learned more about the disease, she became highly motivated to make a difference for all who suffer from Ataxia.
Cindy became the Orange County Ataxia Support Group leader and eventually took on a more significant role as a Board Member for the National Ataxia Foundation. In 2009, she organized the inaugural Orange County Walk ‘n Roll event, which is held in Yorba Linda annually, and raises over $80,000 every year to fund vital research into finding a cure for Ataxia and supporting Ataxia programs. This event just celebrated its 11th year in Yorba Linda with a virtual event held in conjunction with other Walk ‘n Roll Events across the country.
Cindy’s contribution to the Ataxia community have been recognized with several prestigious awards, magazine articles, and featured in documentary films. In 2019, she received a Community Service Award from the City of Yorba Linda.
"The heart of Yorba Linda can be found in people like Cindy De Mint, who dedicate their lives to solving big problems as an act of service to others. Cindy's story inspires us to not only take courage during times of adversity, but to never give up in making the world a better place for others," said Dr. Beth Haney, Mayor of Yorba Linda.
Please join the City in congratulating Cindy for receiving this honor and for the incredible example she has set for our community.