She was a wife and a mother. She was active in her hometown, the village of North Riverside. She was Betty Scheck.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, Scheck showed determination in her battle against the disease by becoming an activist with the Riverside/North Riverside Unit of the American Cancer Society. Her involvement included serving on the unit’s board of directors and co-chairing the Relay for Life held in North Riverside in 1996. She took on the challenge of educating people in her community through the American Cancer Society’s Community Education & Awareness Program.

Scheck lost her battle with cancer in January 1997, but her legacy and determination to find a cure for cancer live on.

On Saturday, July 23 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the North Riverside Village Commons on Desplaines Avenue, the village will host the 7th Annual Betty Scheck Memorial Walk. Over the past six years the event has raised over $750,000, with proceeds benefiting the West Cook County Unit of the American Cancer Society.

Over the years the walk has grown in participation, and it’s not too late to get involved. Residents and non-residents alike can put together teams of 8 to 12 people and register for $100. Each team’s goal is to raise $1,000 in pledges. Each team member will receive a Walk for Cancer T-shirt and, depending on the amount raised, other prizes ranging from a water bottle to a pull-over. Prizes will also go to the team and the individual who raise the most money.

Many other activities have been planned in conjunction with the walk, with something for everyone. Children attending the North Riverside Recreation Department’s summer camps have become involved with a Jump-a-Thon, car wash, and bake sale. There are other activities to please the younger crowd, including sand volleyball, face painting and other games. A DJ will have the tunes cranking through the day and the Jesse White Tumblers will put on a demonstration, which is always a crowd pleaser.

Food will be available from Rascal’s, Eli’s Cheesecake Company, and The Bar, just to name a few. With the help of many individuals, businesses and corporate sponsors the day is sure to be fun-filled.

The most somber event of the day will occur at 9 p.m., with the luminary ceremony in honor of those who have survived cancer or in remembrance of those who lost their battle. The luminaries are available for $5 and can be purchased that evening or pre-ordered by calling 447-4211. Having attended the ceremony before, I can attest to the fact it is a very moving ceremony.

You can be part of the big day in many ways and I urge you to attend and help support the cause. You can sponsor a team, or participate in the raffles and auction that will be held that day. My checkbook is in my purse and I’m ready to make my donation – how about you?