Team Descriptions

Teams Listed Below

  1. Nixon Strong
  2. Memory of Mary Bennett
  3. Zita’s Gang
  4. Ronnie Thomas
  5. Judy Seibert
  6. Terry Smith Groundhog Day
  7. WaTerHill Creations
  8. Tim Freitag
  9. Anthony Jenkins
  10. Joyce Swartz
  11. Sierra and Pengie Rule
  12. Kristi Webster
  13. Team Audrey
  14. Alig’s Army

To donate and credit any of these teams listed, click here to go to the form. Thanks.

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.

Memory of Mary Bennett


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.

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. To Donate directly to Zita’s Gang, Click here.

Kristi Webster

Kristi has supported the Walk for the Mind with her team for many years. She is dedicated to raise money for brain tumor research.