The 14th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind was Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Peoria RiverPlex.
Mark Linder Walk for the Mind is a one mile walk in central IL. Our mission is to raise awareness of brain tumors and, also, their impact on patients, family, and caregivers.
The Walk for the Mind announces that Mark Linder’s youngest sister, Stacie Linder Hansen, is the 2016 honorary chair.
“As Mark’s youngest sister, I’m the one who loved to irritate him, chase him around the house, and sneak into his room and steal his M&Ms,” says Stacie Hansen, who resides in Peoria with her husband and two children. “For me, the Walk is a special time to celebrate the life of my brother and, also, to see his legacy grow year after year through the hard work and dedication of the Walk for the Mind committee.”
Mark Linder Walk for the Mind is named for Mark Linder, a Peoria native. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor while in his twenties. His goal was to create a place where brain tumor survivors and those still fighting could support one another. Therefore, in 2003, Mark founded the Walk to help raise money for brain tumor research in hopes of finding a cure. While Mark died in 2005, at age 31, the Walk has raised more than $500,000.
From 150 participants in 2003, to 750 people last year, the Walk continues to grow. All net proceeds from the Walk is donated to the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. We are beginning to see results from their brain tumor research program. “I know Mark would be pleased to see how successful the Walk is. Most of all, Mark 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.
Furthermore, Mark Linder Walk for the Mind is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.