Mark Linder Walk for the Mind is a one mile walk in central IL to raise awareness of brain tumors and their impact on patients, family, and caregivers.
The first Walk for the Mind in 2003 attracted over 150 walkers and raised more than $12,000 for research programs. Nearly 700 people, including about 50 brain tumor survivors, participated in the 2015 Mark Linder Walk for the Mind. “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. While Mark Linder died in 2005 at age 31 from brain cancer, the Mark Linder 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, as a result, 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.
This year, Dr. Andrew Tsung and Dr. Kiran Velpula wrote an article regarding their research for publication in CNS Oncology. In April, Dr. Velpula presented his research, as an invited speaker, at the 2016 Neuro-Tumor session of AACR‘s (American Association for Cancer Research) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. During Dr. Velpula’s presentation, he acknowledged Mark Linder Walk for the Mind for donating funds towards the research being done.
Also, in July, Dr. Velpula presented their research at the 24th Biennial Congress of the European Assoc for Cancer Research, in Manchester, United Kingdom.