Over 700 People 'Walk for Olivia'

The May 22 walk-a-thon to support Olivia Bonfilio and her family as she battles leukemia was a huge success and a true inspiration. Here are scenes from the day.

A single photograph often tells a story. Here's our look through the Viewfinder at Sunday's "Walk for Olivia" walk-a-thon held at the Medfield High School track to support nine-year-old Olivia Bonfilio and her family as she battles a rare form of leukemia. 

"The 'Walk for Olivia' was a huge success," said Kathleen Kelley Bonfilio. "Our guest of honor, Olivia, was able to be there with her parents Al and Lauri Bonfiio from Medfield. Sitting at the reception table, I was able to get an estimated count of people coming or just dropping off a donation and that [number was] over 700 people. Truly amazing and inspiring. The rain held back and the walk was fantastic."

What others said about Sunday's event for Olivia:

"It was great," said Luanne Monahan. "So inspirational and so many stories behind every walker and every donation."

 "An amazing event [Sunday]," said Shirley Cosenze.

"One word - amazing," said Camille Vito. "Everyone has truly touched my family's hearts. The amount of support from everyone was incredibly touching and downright American. Wish I could thank everyone: Luanne Monahan and helpers at the school, the Superintendent, Mr. Maguire, the track person, the Orange Slicer, the water bottle donater, the custodians, the extra helpers that passed out registrations, the Girl Scouts who made all the signs (you may have seen them throuhout the town), anyone who photocopied things, and anyone that mentioned to others to be there to help. Also, Auntie Kathy Kelly Bonfilio, Stephanie, Annie, Emily, Ally, Nikole, Suzanne, Tori, (maybe a couple other bead passers). Grammy for talking with everyone and holding them up at Registration. Dolly and crew for facepainting, and DJ Mike Bullock from Brockton, who donated his time to keeping our feet a steppin."

"So glad I was part of the big day," said Lisa Marie Brown.

"[Sunday] was incredible," said Lisa Johnson. "Thanks to everyone for making [the] event so successful."

Follow the Olivia Foundation on Facebook by clicking here.

Did you attend Sunday's "Walk for Olivia" event? If so, we want your photos to add to the gallery above. E-mail pictures, captions and any comments about the event to editor Jeremie Smith at jeremie.smith@patch.com.

Kathleen Kelley Bonfilio May 24, 2011 at 06:00 PM
Great job Jeremi ~ So candid are these children you can see how proud they were and indeed they should be. I appreciate all you've doe and I hope more photo's come in so we can add like you said. Have a wonderful afternoon the weather out there is beautiful and a warm welcome after the blue's ~ Sincerely, Kathlee Kelley Bonfilio


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