The 13th Annual 2015 Mark Linder Walk for the Mind was held Saturday, September 26, 2015 along the Peoria riverfront.
Mark Linder Walk for the Mind is a one mile walk to raise awareness of brain tumors and their impact on patients, family, and caregivers.
Eric “Hoovey” Elliott was our Honorary Chairman for 2015 Mark Linder Walk for the Mind. Eric Hoovey Elliott was a young boy with a very promising basketball career until a potentially fatal illness threatened to take it all. Wanting to inspire others, Jeff (Eric’s father) wrote a book about his son’s amazing comeback called “Rebounding From Death’s Door”. Eric’s story and his miraculous comeback has now been made into a movie called “Hoovey.” Eric is from Central Illinois (Olympia High School, Carl Sandburg College, Illinois State University). He and his family now lives in Bloomington, Illinois.
The first Walk for the Mind in 2003 attracted over 150 walkers and raised more than $12,000 for research programs. While Mark Linder died in 2005 at age 31 from brain cancer, the Walk for the Mind continues and to date has raised nearly half million dollars for research.
All funds donated support brain tumor research at the University of IL, College of Medicine at Peoria . Their research is geared toward understanding the mechanisms that make brain tumors grow and invade. “This is research we hope will lead to breakthroughs in the laboratory and then someday translate to brain cancer treatment at the Illinois Neurological Institute here in Peoria,” said Dr. Andrew Tsung, a surgeon scientist for UICOMP and Director of the Brain Tumor Center.
Nearly 700 people, including about 50 brain tumor survivors, participated in the 2014 event that was held along the Peoria Riverfront. “I know Mark would have been so pleased to see how successful the Walk has become. He had a mission and it was his vision that makes this a success,” said Peggy Flannigan, chair of this year’s Walk for the Mind.