Team Descriptions

  1. Zita’s Gang
  2. Nixon Strong
  3. In Memory of Bill Bridges
  4. In Memory of Don Johnson
  5. Memory of Mary Bennett
  6. Ronnie Thomas/ Donna Hoffman
  7. Judy Seibert
  8. Terry Smith’s Groundhog Day
  9. WaTerHill Creations
  10. Tim Freitag
  11. Anthony Jenkins
  12. Team Joyce
  13. Sierra and Pengie Rule
  14. Kristi Webster
  15. Team Audrey
  16. Alig’s Army
  17. Straight Outta Compton
  18. Team Drew
  19. Mind Over Matter
  20. Team Cam
  21. You and Me. We Got This!
  22. Unknown Heroes and Warriors

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Zita’s Gang (Zita Cronkleton)

Zita was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2022. She had – and continues to have – amazing care from her team of doctors. We appreciate having local care and want to support continued brain tumor research through Mark Linder Walk for the Mind. 

Nixon Strong

Dave Nixon was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma in October of 2017, and lost his battle with this disease on August 5, 2018.  He was a lifelong Peorian.  It was his DU Fraternity Brothers from the University of Illinois who coined the phrase “Nixon Strong” to support him while he fought this horrible disease.  He would be pleased knowing that the funds raised from the Walk for the Mind are used by the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria for brain tumor/cancer research in hopes of one day helping others.

In Memory of Bill Bridges

Bill was diagnosed July 30, 2017 with Glioblastoma and we’re so thankful for Dr. Tsung’s work in removing his tumor. Bill had a 5 1/2 year journey with GBM and passed away on April 1, 2023. He and his family have been involved with Mark Linder Walk for the Mind since 2017, and Bill wanted more than anything to find a cure. He looked forward to the walk each year. Our family is so grateful for all the love and support we received through Bill’s diagnosis, treatment and beyond.

 In Memory of Don Johnson

We are honoring Don Johnson who passed away from Glioblastoma in August of 2019. He was a hard-working, generous and family first man. He was wonderful son, brother and uncle. We, his family, continue to carry on his memory each year and hope to help further research towards brain cancer.

In Memory of Mary Bennett

1943-2007

Mary Bennett was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme on April 1, 2006. She went through surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and other trials, living life as best as she could until she passed away in October 2007. Let’s support brain tumor survivors and raise awareness and funds for brain tumor research. One day, there will be a cure for brain tumors. All money raised from the Walk for the Mind stays local and goes toward brain tumor research programs at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria.

WaTurHill Creations

Our family’s experience with brain tumors began in 2014 when my 9-year-old niece was diagnosed and treated at OSF Peoria. While her initial medical diagnosis and predicted outcome were as bleak as it gets, God had other plans in place. Our first Walk was three months post-surgery and we were a family still in shock, awe, and recovery from the experience. It’s difficult to describe how much the support of MLWFTM volunteers, fellow survivors, medical staff, and all others attending our first event meant to us. The fact that we get to raise money to continue learning about tumors and helping advance medical knowledge is an awesome bonus.

 

WaTurHill has online stores that donate a percentage of sales to MLWFTM. Our survivor is now a young adult and had no permanent side effects or symptoms since surgery. We are truly blessed.

Anthony Jenkins – Amps Army

We are the family and friends of Anthony Jenkins who walk each year in his memory. Anthony lost his fight in 2018. We miss Anthony very much and will continue to honor his memory by walking.

Team Joyce

An MRI showed a mass on Joyce’s brain on September 9, 2016 (the same day her youngest child turned 6 months old). Surgery showed she had Glioblastoma. Joyce fought a long hard battle and was able to be with her kids another 4 years until she succumbed to cancer on December 23, 2020 at the young age of 37. She left behind her husband and children aged 9, 6, and 4.

Kristi Webster

Kristi Webster has long fought the fight and raises money each year for brain tumor/cancer research.

Alig’s Army

Being diagnosed in 2010, 2018 and 2014, it is my ambition to raise funds through Alig’s Army to continue the support of research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. I am counting on the Army to help make a difference as brain tumors have impacted others in the family, as well as, close friends.  Please consider helping me achieve my goal of $5000.  Keep in mind, if your company provides a matching fund for non-profit organizations, please report your donation offer to your employer.  Thanks for your consideration and support. 

Team Drew

Drew Hendrick passed away from a Glioblastoma brain tumor May 5th, 2022. He was diagnosed an Anaplastic Astrocytoma Grade 3 in April of 2020 and confirmed Grade 4 Glioblastoma in December of 2021. He grew up just north of Peoria in Toulon, Illinois surrounded by a large and loving family. He worked for Caterpillar as an accountant for the extent of his career, almost 15 years. He was married in 2019, had a handsome baby boy in 2020 and a beautiful baby girl in 2022 shortly before passing away. He was loyal, loving, enormously kind, intelligent, smarter than he would admit, humble, stoic, we could go on and on. Throughout his diagnosis he recognized how grim his outcome would likely be but communicated he would participate in any research that might one day help someone else in his position. Team Drew would like to carry on his efforts and strength by making a difference for a group of researchers who are as passionate about finding answers as we are. Love you Drew Boy. Until we see you again my love. 

Mind Over Matter

 

We are friends and family walking in honor of our loved ones – Audrey Lambe, Mike Shea and his brother Pete Shea – who we lost to Glioblastoma. Brain cancer research is important to our team because we want to help fund research to find a cure for this awful disease.

Team Cam

We are walking in honor of Camryn Becker. Camryn is a native of Central Illinois. She graduated from Olympia High School in 2019. She was attending undergrad school at Pace University in NYC when she discovered she had a brain tumor. She had the malignant grade 4 Astrocytoma removed in March of 2023. Camryn is finishing up her last few months of chemo and hopefully will be done in June of 2024. Camryn is currently in grad school in NYC and so far shows no growth of her tumor!

You and Me. We Got This!

We celebrate all those diagnosed with brain cancer as well as their family and friends who support them.

 

Our team walks with Patrick Davidson. To us, he is our husband, father, brother, nephew, uncle, colleague, and friend. After a seizure at work, a brain tumor was found and removed. Patrick was diagnosed with glioblastoma in May 2024. He, along with his dedicated network of doctors, nurses, and technicians, fights this disease every day.

 

Please consider supporting Patrick and all those impacted by brain cancer. Donations from this Walk fund brain tumor research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria.

Unknown Heroes and Warriors
This Team concept was developed by Mark Alig, one of our committee members and survivor.
 
Mark has developed a series of Facebook episodes to communicate the journey of a person impacted by brain tumors and brain cancer.  He also wants to encourage the thousands of people impacted to be part of the family. 
 
This outreach extends far past Central Illinois.  When you make a donation, please identify the hero or warrior you would like to honor/celebrate.
 
Mark will wear a gray ribbon, with the name of the Honory,  the day of our annual Walk, September 28th.  Mark’s goal is to wear 100 ribbons on the survivor shirt.  Please keep in mind, if you are out of the area, and are not as familiar with our organization, all money is provided to the University of Illinois College of Medicine – Peoria to fund Brain Tumor Research.  Thanks for your support. 
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