Aly Smith, a 2012 graduate of Cambridge High School, and her family are sponsoring a 4K Community Walk for Suicide Awareness and Prevention entitled “Up with Life” Saturday, Aug. 11, starting and ending at College Square Park in Cambridge.



The Smith family lost a very special person in their lives, Scott

“Skeet” Smith on April 3, 2011, because of suicide.



“He was an amazing husband and loving father of four, Aly, Jessie, Mady and Jared,” said Beth Smith, wife and mother of the children. “It was a very hard time in our lives, but our family decided to do something positive with the circumstances we were under and help other people instead.”


Aly Smith, a 2012 graduate of Cambridge High School, and her family are sponsoring a 4K Community Walk for Suicide Awareness and Prevention entitled “Up with Life” Saturday, Aug. 11, starting and ending at College Square Park in Cambridge.

The Smith family lost a very special person in their lives, Scott
“Skeet” Smith on April 3, 2011, because of suicide.

“He was an amazing husband and loving father of four, Aly, Jessie, Mady and Jared,” said Beth Smith, wife and mother of the children. “It was a very hard time in our lives, but our family decided to do something positive with the circumstances we were under and help other people instead.”

“We created ‘Up with Life’ to raise money to help increase suicide awareness and prevention programs,” said Aly. “The more awareness there is out there, the more people may be willing to talk about it. This is a way we can fight the possibility of suicide and be ‘Up with Life’ instead.”

Proceeds from the event will be used to bring more awareness of suicide prevention through programs at Cambridge and AlWood schools and throughout the communities.

“This walk is a way to show support for those who have had family or friends who suffer with mental illness,” said Beth. “It’s not something everyone just talks about.”

Last year, the Smiths sponsored an assembly at Cambridge High School about mental illness and suicide prevention.

“I was surprised to learn at least one student in the school was suffering from mental illness and thoughts of suicide,” said Aly. “I admire them for being truthful and admitting it. These are the kind of people we want to reach so we can make a difference. We want them to know they are not alone.”

The event will begin at 1 p.m. Those taking part in the walk will pay a small fee and receive a free ‘Up with Life’ t-shirt. To register for the walk, go to www.upwithlife-suicideprevention.com before Wednesday, July 25.

“We got our inspiration for this walk after attending a similar walk last year, ‘Out of the Dark,’ in Peru,” said Aly. “This is our first annual walk and more than 125 people have already registered online. It is amazing. We had no idea how many people would participate. We have people paying the entry fee, but not even walking locally, but from the community they live in for someone they know.”

The Smith family is looking for sponsors to help fund the event.

To become a gold sponsor, an individual or business, would donate $100. Their company logo will be placed on a banner and on the t-shirt. To become a silver sponsor, an individual or business would donate less than $100 and the company logo would be placed on the banner. To become a bronze sponsor, individuals or businesses would just donate materials (plates, napkins, pens, cups, food, etc.).

If any individual or business is interested in becoming a sponsor, they should email the Smith Family before July 25 at 4babes@ geneseo.net or phone (309) 937-5152 or mail them to 305 W. Good Street, Cambridge, IL 61238.

“I promise you, that if you are willing to help me and my family, your contribution will not go to waste and will not go unrecognized,” said Aly.

In addition to the walk, there will be a balloon release and other activities including refreshments, entertainment, prizes, a message board and face painting. Babysitting will be provided for those needing it.

Different colors of balloons will be released symbolizing different reasons for being there. The colors include yellow, green, blue, pink, red, purple, orange and white.

The Smiths are also sponsoring a decorate-your-house along the route contest in memory of Smith.

“We just thought it would be nice if some people decorated their yard with some yellow ribbons and signs representing suicide awareness,” said Aly. “The winner will receive $50 and it would just make it more enjoyable to walk around and see all the different yards.”

The Smith will be notifying individuals along the route about the contest by dropping off posters. The route begins at College Square Park and travels on portions of East and West Center Street, North Poplar Street, East North Street, North Holmes Street, East and West Upper Street, North West Street, West Locust Street and North Second Street.

The route is posted on Facebook.

For more information, contact the Smiths at 937-5152 or email them at 4babes@geneseo.net.