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.
The 13th Annual 2015 Mark Linder Walk for the Mind was held Saturday, September 26, 2015 along the Peoria riverfront.
Eric “Hoovey” Elliott was our Honorary Chairman for 2015 Mark Linder Walk for the Mind. Eric had a promising basketball career until a brain tumor threatened to take it all away. 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 was made into a movie called “Hoovey.” Eric was raised and now lives with his family in Central Illinois. “Hoovey” Wins Award!
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 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.