2023 Mark Linder Walk for the Mind Brain Tumor Survivors
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Registration will  reopen at the Walk for the Mind on July 1, 2024.

If you would like to receive our registration forms by mail, please click on the button below to be added to our mailing list. The forms are mailed at the end of June of each year.

Research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria has taken a HUGE positive turn and we are so excited to share that with you! What is even more exciting is that money raised from the Mark Linder Walk for the Mind is credited for making this research advancement possible!! See the update below and help us celebrate the news!
“Promising developments with UICOMP research are moving to next phase.”
A research team at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria has identified 30 small molecule compounds that hold promise as potential options in the treatment of solid tumor cancer. The team will complete patent applications for the compounds and will start the next phase of their research as the findings in the laboratory prepare for the next phase of research which is pre-clinical trials.
The work is led by UICOMP Assistant Professor Kiran Velpula, PhD, and Associate Professor Andrew Tsung, MD, who serves as Interim Head of the Department of Neurosurgery and the Patrick Elwood MD Endowed Professor in Neurosurgery.
The molecular neuro-oncology laboratory at UICOMP has worked more than a decade with a focus on tumor metabolism, molecular biology, signal transduction and cancer biology. Much of the work of the research team has focused on glioblastoma, the most common brain tumor in adults. Recent research has aimed to identify novel therapeutic avenues and develop small molecule inhibitors for the devastating tumors, specifically looking at tumor metabolism, progression and growth.
The research laboratory at UICOMP works closely with the Illinois Neurological Institute and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center (Peoria).
Mark Linder Walk for the Mind continues to be instrumental in bringing individuals together to create a network of support for one another. Many of our survivors continue to SHARE experiences in dealing with their own brain tumors.


The Mark Linder Walk for the Mind is the last Saturday in September every year.

  • Doors open at 7:30am

  • Program begins at 9:30am

  • One Mile Walk starts at 10:00am

  • Walk In Registrations begin at 7:30am

  • Kid’s games, raffle begin at 7:30am

To streamline our raffle process on Walk Day, we have a few important changes to note:

– Tickets are ONLY going to be sold the morning of the walk between 7:30AM and 9:00.

-RAFFLE TICKET SALES will close at 9AM

-RAFFLE CLOSES AT 9:15, so all tickets must be in buckets at this point. No exceptions!

– No names will need to be written on the tickets this year. To claim your prize you MUST HAVE THE STUB

– We will still have $1 prizes and larger $5 prizes for the raffle

– Raffle prizes will be announced at the end of the walk and prizes MUST BE picked up immediately following the Walk.