Alumni Walk the Walk for Charity

Nutley, New Jersey natives and brand-new Montclair State University alumni
Rob Bonora ’10 and Anthony Greco ’10 recently returned home from a 2,912-mile cross-county cancer awareness walk. Their “Coast to Coast for a Cure” marathon raised roughly $65,000 in donations for Gail’s Angels, a nonprofit dedicated to helping families whose mothers have breast cancer and whose children have autism; Derek’s Dreams, a foundation for children with ataxia telangiectasia, a rare, neurodegenerative, inherited disease; and the St. Jude’s Foundation. The two best friends also wanted to stress the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

They started walking June 1 from San Diego and finished back home in Nutley on October 7, crossing California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, finishing up back home in New Jersey. They walked for 727 hours and went through 11 pairs of sneakers during their trek.

On their return home in Nutley, they were greeted with a celebration at Walker Middle School with family, friends, cancer survivors, and Nutley residents, including Nutley High School athletic teams, the Nutley High School marching band, and the Nutley Motorcyle Club. Nutley Mayor Joanne Cocchiola and the Board of Commissioners presented them with keys to the township, and the mayor read a congratulatory letter from Governor Chris Christie. Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo praised the duo, and announced he would be presenting them with keys to the county.

“I hope we inspired people to stay in shape or do what they’ve dreamed of doing,” adds Greco.

“I’m so proud Anthony and I made it,” Bonora said after finishing the walk. “This really snowballed into something much bigger than either of us could have imagined.”