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The 15th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind was Saturday, September 30, 2017, 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 their impact on patients, family, and caregivers. Also, the Walk is a way to unite those individuals and their families and to raise funds to support brain tumor research in hopes to find a cure.

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Help us raise the amount we donate to brain tumor/cancer research to the University of IL College of Medicine at Peoria. Donations are accepted here: Donations 


After being diagnosed with a brain tumor, Peoria native Mark Linder felt alone. He decided to create a place where brain tumor survivors could support one another and contribute towards brain tumor research. In 2003, he founded Walk for the Mind. Sadly, Linder lost his battle in 2005 at the age of 31 but not before he got to see his vision making a difference.

Re-named after his death, the Mark Linder Walk for the Mind now attracts over 700 participants from all over Central Illinois. For the sixth year, all net proceeds will be donated to the “Brain Tumor Research Program” at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.

“We are thankful for this wonderful partnership with the Mark Linder Walk for the Mind. Funds raised will help support Dr. Tsung’s vital research to understand the mechanisms that make cancers grow and invade,” said Dr. Sara Rusch, Regional Dean at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.

“This is research that we hope will lead to breakthroughs originating here in the laboratory at the College of Medicine and then someday translate to brain cancer treatment at the Illinois Neurological Institute here in Peoria”, said Dr. Rusch.

A non-profit organization, Mark Linder Walk for the Mind has donated over $550,000 towards brain tumor research that stays in Central Illinois.

Check out stories of brain tumor survivors here.

Mark Linder Walk for the Mind is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

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