The Mark Linder Walk for the Mind one mile walk and raffle begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 on the riverside of the Peoria RiverPlex, 600 NE Water St. The walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Entry fee is $20 for adults, $10 for children 10 years and younger. Survivors are free. Children’s activities provided. Proceeds go to brain tumor and brain cancer research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria.
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 about 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 tumor survivors.