BEVERLY — For Edith "Edie" Black-Scherer, walking was a daily ritual, a way for her to not only stay fit but to deal with stress, and keep her focused and grounded, "in good times and bad," her family says.
She juggled a career as a health administrator with raising two boys. She also wanted to pursue a career in writing, completing one book and about to work on a second.
But she was also coping with her husband's bipolar disorder, his increasingly erratic behavior and paranoid anger, which eventually led to a separation.
Still, she tried to help him, arranging for him to see doctors and calling to remind him to take his medications. She was so concerned, she asked him to stay at the Beverly home they had once shared, so she would know he was OK until he started a new day program, in November 2015.
Last February, Axel Scherer, 48, was convicted of second-degree murder in Black-Scherer's death. He is now serving a sentence of 22 years to life in prison.
And Black-Scherer's family is holding their fourth fundraising walk, "For the Love of Edie," to raise awareness of mental health issues and funds for an annual scholarship for a Beverly High School student. It's the first walk since the trial.
The walk begins Sunday, Sept. 15, at Lynch Park in Beverly, and follows one of the routes Black-Scherer loved to take on her daily walks, a 3.1-mile loop between Lynch and Independence parks along Beverly's waterfront.
The walk starts at 8 a.m. Participants can register online until Saturday and can also register in person, with cash or a check, on the day of the event. The fee is $25 per person.
All proceeds from the walk and any future donations made to For The Love of Edie will go directly to the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation in her memory.
Her family said all proceeds will be used to support future events, an annual scholarship in the name of Edie Black, and to raise awareness about mental health issues.