Stacie Linder HansenChair, Executive Committee firstname.lastname@example.org
I am proud to serve on the Walk for the Mind committee in honor of my brother Mark Linder. Creating the Walk and building a community of support for survivors was Mark’s passion. For over a decade the Walk has grown exponentially because of the team he built, their passion and their commitment to raising awareness, community and support then funneling that support into local research and care.
In 2018, I joined the committee to honor my brother but also in honor and support of friends and co-workers that have also been impacted by brain tumors/brain cancer. Prior to my brother's diagnosis, I did not know anyone that had been impacted by a brain tumor. Since then, I have had dear friends, their families, mentors and co-workers impacted by various types of brain tumors/brain cancer. It is my utmost honor to serve as the the chair of the Walk for the Mind in honor and support of every brain tumor warrior.
It is now my mission to honor and support every warrior, to provide support for families and loved ones impacted and to always remember those that have fought so courageously and are not longer with us.
Sally WeckerVice-President, Executive Committee
I met Mark at the ABTA Family Weekend in the summer of 2003 which I attended in the hopes of meeting others with a brain tumor--I felt so alone with my journey since my diagnosis and craniotomy in January 2002. You could have knocked me down with a feather to not only meet others but to meet Mark and his mom in the Meet and Greet session, finding out that not only did he live in Peoria, but that he was planning a Walk to raise awareness and benefit the American Brain Tumor Association. It amazed me that here I was, in a room that seemed to be filled with 500 people who shared the same/similar experience with me and now I knew someone in Peoria, too! I was able to help with that 1st Walk and have been on the committee ever since. Brain Tumor Survivor, Atypical Meningioma
Amanda SmithTreasurer, Executive Committee email@example.com
My mother, Mary Bennett, was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme on April 1, 2006. I spent almost every day with her as she went through surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and other trials, helping her live life as best as she could until she passed away in October 2007. I attended my first Walk in 2006 to find she was not the only one is the area with a brain tumor. I joined the committee in 2010 to support brain tumor survivors and raise awareness and funds for brain tumor research. My hope is, one day soon, there will be a cure for brain tumors.
Sonja AhrensSecretary, Executive Committee firstname.lastname@example.org
I was 38 with a daughter who had just turned 4 when I was diagnosed with and treated for a Meningioma brain tumor. I was just getting back on my feet and returning to work when the 1st Annual Walk for the Mind was being planned. I had heard about the walk through co-workers, as I work for the law firm where Mark's father is an attorney. After the first walk, Mark and several of the survivors got together and started a support group. It was then that I realized to completely heal emotionally I needed to find a purpose and an outlet for what I had gone through. I needed to become a part of the Walk committee. For me personally, if it hadn't been for Mark's vision and courage to create the Walk, I'm not sure where I would be today. In honor of Mark's memory, I'm committed to the continued success of this Walk.
Vicke RockeExecutive Committee email@example.com
Peggy FlanniganPlanning Committee
Retired Chair of the Walk for the Mind, 2005-2020
I joined the Walk for the Mind committee immediately after the first Walk when I asked Mark Linder, the founder of the Walk, if I could help the following year. I was so excited when I got the flyer in the mail for that first Walk, that I knew it was something I just had to be involved with. I had been diagnosed with a brain tumor only a year earlier and at the first Walk for the Mind, I felt like I had just found a network of friends that could relate to my experience. It was important to me to join forces with this group. Together we could do something to help others who would be diagnosed with a brain tumor. Mark and I became friends through the Walk for the Mind, but only a few short weeks after the 3rd Annual Walk, he lost his battle with brain cancer. Each time I lost a friend, my commitment to the Walk was reinforced. I realized that brain tumors would continue to claim friends until the day we find a cure. I feel so fortunate that my tumor diagnosis has not prevented me from continuing Mark’s mission to raise awareness of brain tumors and money for research on brain tumors. My hope is that someday brain tumors will be in our past.
Mark AligPlanning Committee Raffle@marklinderwalkforthemind.org
Brenda HunterPlanning Committee firstname.lastname@example.org
Colleen ClarkPlanning Committee
Janet JacksonPlanning Committee
I became involved with the Mark Linder Walk for the Mind for three reasons. One reason is because I value what they do. Their charter is to raise awareness of brain tumors and raise money for research on brain tumors. And that money they raise stays right here in Central Illinois helping facilitate brain tumor research at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine at Peoria. Second, my grandfather died from a brain tumor when I was in grade school. Even, though I was young, I remember very vividly the impact on our family. It was the first time I had ever seen my father cry. Lastly, it is because of my good friend, Peggy Flannigan, a brain tumor survivor and Chairman of Mark Linder Walk for the Mind Planning Committee. She inspires me with her passion for this cause and tireless support to make the Mark Linder Walk for the Mind a success! I am glad to help in any way I can to support the walk and its cause.
Jennifer DawsonPlanning Committee
Kathy NixonPlanning Committee
Mandy EichelbergerPlanning Committee
A few days after my sister was diagnosed with a brain tumor, I saw a sign for the 2016 Walk for the Mind. I immediately signed up for the walk, but ended up missing it as my sister's surgery was scheduled for the same day. After seeing the level of care that my sister received right here in Central Illinois, I knew that I wanted to not only participate in the following Walks, but also join the committee that organizes and plans events throughout the year to help fund local research and brain tumor support.
Megan SwanPlanning Committee
Nate DarkoPlanning Committee
Brain Tumor Survivor
Emcee of the 2021 and 2022 Mark Linder Walk for the Mind program.
Tammy FinchPlanning Committee