This was the 11th year for the 1 mile walk, which took place Saturday, September 28, at the Peoria Riverfront. This year, all proceeds benefit the University of Illinois Foundation for local Brain Tumor research. Mark Linder Walk for the Mind announced the 2013 Honorary Chairman is Judge James Shadid. Judge James Shadid is the chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. His brother, George Shadid, Jr., died from a brain tumor at the age of 46.
Every year between 40,000 and 50,000 primary brain tumors are diagnosed. Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer related deaths in males aged 20-39 and the 5th leading cause of death in women aged 20-39. They are also the second most common solid tumor in children. There are no known specific risk factors for brain tumors.
The Walk for the Mind was started by Mark Linder in 2003 as a way to increase awareness of brain tumors as well as a mean for raising funds to support brain tumor research.