Join Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis and his group of "roasters" (which includes UICOMP Regional Dean Dr. Sara Rusch) for a night of laughter at Rex Linder's expense. All proceeds from the Mayor's roast will be equally divided between the Mark Linder Walk for the Mind and OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois.
This year, the two charities chosen by Rex Linder are:
Mark Linder Walk for the Mind – Rex’s son, Mark, first organized the “Walk for the Mind” while he himself was battling brain cancer. He wanted to create an event where survivors and patients could gather in support of one another. Although Mark lost his fight in 2005, his spirit lives on in this annual event that raises money for brain tumor awareness and research at UICOMP.
OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois – As a former president of the hospital, Rex is passionate about giving back. Money raised during the event will benefit the Heller Center for Kids with Cancer. The Center provides critical, non-medical services both during and after treatment like counseling for the whole family, school and career support, guidance on nutrition and much more.