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Watch our virtual program on Youtube with this link: 19th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind Video


On Saturday, September 25th, 2021, the 19th Mark Linder Walk for the Mind was held.  Funds raised this year will again support the brain tumor research program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, IL.

This year we hope to surpass the $1,000,000.00 mark in funds raised for brain tumor research. After last year’s virtual walk with the help of your generosity, we donated $80,000.00 to local brain tumor research.

This coming year, sponsorship looks different. We have a lot of generous donors that contribute to the Walk for the Mind in different ways. In order to properly acknowledge their commitment, we have changed the terminology from sponsorship to donor recognition. This change also allows recognized donors to take advantage of any employer offered grant matching programs.

As always, donations of any size are welcome. “Mark Linder Walk for the Mind” is a 501(c)(3) organization. 

For further information on donors and donations, please read more here.

The 1st Annual Walk for the Mind was held in 2003. Mark’s creation of the Walk came from his experience of feeling alone when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. His mission was to create brain tumor awareness in the local community. Mark also wanted to raise funds for brain tumor research.

Sadly, Linder lost his battle in 2005 at the age of 31 but not before he got to see his vision making a difference. The Mark Linder Walk for the Mind now attracts over 1000 participants from all over Illinois. A check for $80,000 was presented again in 2020 to the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria for their Brain Tumor Research Program.

Nineteen years later the 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.
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