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The 16th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind is Saturday, September 29, 2018, 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.

 ‘Walk for the Mind’ raises record $80,000 for brain tumor and cancer research!

In 2017, the 15th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind raised a record $80,000 in September for brain tumor and brain cancer research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria.

A record number of people, about 1,000, participated in the September 30, 2017 Walk along the Peoria Riverfront, which included more than 60 brain tumor and cancer survivors. To date, the non-profit organization has raised nearly $650,000 for brain cancer research since the Walk began in 2003.

In an effort to reach out to brain tumor and cancer survivors and help raise funds for research, Mark Linder founded the Walk for the Mind in 2003. That first walk attracted over 150 walkers and raised about $12,000 for research programs. While Mark died in 2005 at age 31 from brain cancer, the Walk continues – coordinated entirely by volunteers, many of whom themselves are brain cancer survivors.

All funds raised support research at the College of Medicine in Peoria toward understanding the mechanisms that make brain cancers and tumors grow and invade healthy tissue. 

Click here to see photos of the 2017 Mark Linder Walk for the Mind.

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 


 “We are thankful for this wonderful partnership with the Mark Linder Walk for the Mind. Funds raised will stay right here in Central IL and 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.

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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