For more than a decade, North Riverside was home to a cancer education and prevention fundraiser that netted hundreds of thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society. The Betty Scheck Shuffle, which grew to include a 5K run and brought lots of entertainment, stepped off for the last time in 2009, its 11th anniversary.

This year, the American Cancer Society stepped in to replace the Scheck Shuffle with a new, smaller event. The Hope Walk of North Riverside will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the North Riverside Village Commons Park, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

“We’re picking it back up this year,” said Danielle Villari Swets, income development representative for the American Cancer Society’s office in Riverside. “It’ll be similar to what was happening in the past. We’re hoping to pick up some of the old-time people and draw some new people.”

The event will be akin to a smaller version of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life events. There won’t be a 5K race this year, but cancer survivors and family and friends who support them will traverse a path set up in the park throughout the event.

Cancer survivors will walk the first lap of the event and will be joined after that by the teams of people who have formed to raise money to fund the society’s efforts at cancer education and research.

In the meantime, everyone is invited to participate in the musical and family events planned for the afternoon and evening. There will be a number of local craft vendors selling items at the walk, and refreshments will be available for purchase from local food establishments.

There will also be live music beginning at 4:30 p.m., with North Riverside resident and jazz singer Lady T. She’ll be followed at 5:15 p.m. by the kid-centric songs of Berwyn singer/songwriter Istvan and His Imaginary Band.

According to Villari Swets, 5 to 6 p.m. will be a “kids hour,” with activities such as face painting.

At 6 p.m., members of the North Riverside Players theatrical ensemble will stage a mini-performance of their upcoming fall musical comedy production of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

The musical entertainment will close with a set from the rock band Out All Night, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m., the Hope Walk will climax with a remembrance ceremony, where cancer survivors will carry illuminated roses during a final lap. Roses can be purchased for $5, according to Villari Swets. There will also be an opportunity to contribute money to the American Cancer Society throughout the event.

“People can come out and join any activity,” said Villari Swets. “The kids activities and music are all free of charge.”

Anyone who would still like to register to participate in the event can do so by visiting the event’s website at