Mark Linder and Mark Linder Walk for the Mind
Mark Linder was only in his twenties when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. A Peoria native, he graduated from Richwood High School. He then attended and graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1997. He completed his studies for a Masters degree in Industrial Occupational Psychology in 1997 from Western Kentucky University.
Mark’s goal was to create a place where brain tumor survivors and those still fighting the battle can come and support each other in this battle. In an effort to reach out to other brain tumor survivors and to help raise funds for Brain Tumor research, Mark founded the Mark Linder Walk for the Mind in 2003. 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.
That first walk, whom the honorary chairman was Congressman Ray LaHood, attracted over 150 walkers on the Peoria Riverfront and raised over $12,000 for the ABTA (American Brain Tumor Association). Mark died, aged 31, in 2005. Also, in 2005, Mark was honored by having an academic fellowship named in his honor. However, his walk now attracts over 700 walkers a year from all over Central Illinois, including 50 or more survivors. The Mark Linder Walk for the Mind has now raised over $550,000 for Brain Tumor Research.
In recent years, all proceeds have been given to University of Illinois College of Medicine Brain Tumor Research Program.
Mark Linder Walk for the Mind is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.