JDRF Walk to Cure 2010, Sunday, October 24 · 10:00am – 1:00pm

Sunday, October 24 · 10:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek

Jessica Lewis, Rob’s cousin writes: “In loving memory of my cousin, Rob Panacci, I invite you to join team “Rob Panacci” at the JDRF Walk to Cure. This year’s 2 mile Walk will be held at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek on Sunday, October 24th. Registration is at 10:00 am; the Walk starts at 11:00am. To register for this walk please visit http://walk.jdrf.org/register.cfm?id=87736017.
JDRF continues to make progress toward a cure for type 1 diabetes. Your donation will make a dramatic impact as JDRF moves life altering research out of the lab and into human clinical trials. Type 1 diabetes is a disease which strikes children suddenly and requires multiple injections of insulin daily or a continuous infusion of insulin through a pump. By supporting JDRF’s mission to find a cure you won’t only be saving children, you will be saving childhoods. If you are not able to join us, a donation in any amount would be greatly appreciated (even $10 will make a difference). Please sponsor me by typing my name into this database http://walk.jdrf.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=walk.supportsearch.

Walk to Cure Diabetes – TOMORROW!

Team “Rob Panacci” currently consists of 14 walkers and I know of a handful of you who did not register but are planning to walk. We are really excited to walk tomorrow, rain or shine! Please feel free to call my cell  anytime after 10:15a – 925.408.6396. This way we can all meet up & walk together. Check-in/registration starts at 10a and the walk begins at 11a.

Thank you for your donations! I have currently raised $745 toward the fight against Diabetes. Loren Bass, Kevin & Amy Devine, Meghan Farnon, Rick & Nancy Holliday, Mary & Dave Lazarus, Roger & Eila Lewis, Scott & Jessica Lindgren, Jim & Karen Mannion, Nancy & Dick Nelson, Michael Nichols-Marcy, Carrie Tully, Laurelyn Wolf & Erin Wood. A million thank you’s for your support. Additionally, my teammate, Pamlea Rattary, has raised $500. That’s a total of $1,245 in memory of Rob.

This walk will be very bitter sweet. Thank you all and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

– Jessica Lewis

Photos of the service are posted

Hi everyone,

Photos from Friday’s service (taken by my mom Nancy) are now posted here…



Walk to Cure Diabetes” next Sunday, November 2, 2008

You may or may not know that Rob was diagnosed with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes several years ago. Rob passed away unexpectedly on October 19, 2008 at the age of 27. To honor Rob and to help fight the battle of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes, I am participating in a “Walk to Cure Diabetes” next Sunday, November 2, 2008.

I truly believe that out of every difficulty comes something good. We must do everything in our power to help find a cure for kids who are suffering from this disease. There are many devastating diseases in our world right now, and that saddens me. The difference with juvenile diabetes is that wiping it out of existence is extremely attainable and within reach.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the #1 non-profit funder of diabetes research worldwide. One of JDRF’s largest fundraising events is the “Walk to Cure Diabetes.” Each year I plan to form a team named “Rob Panacci” to walk and raise money towards this cause. This year’s walk will be held next Sunday, November 2, 2008 at Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek. It is my understanding that this is a short 2 mile walk.

If you are interested, there are two ways you can help me make a difference: You can join the team, known as “Rob Panacci,” collect pledges and walk with me. To do this please visit http://walk.jdrf.org;

Or you can Send your tax deductible donation by visiting http://walk.jdrf.org/support.cfm?id=87265998.

I know that this is extremely short notice as the walk is a mere week from tomorrow. And I realize & sympathize with all of you that are feeling the financial crunch. $5 or $10 would be greatly appreciated.

Anything is better than nothing & if ten of you donate $10 that’s $100! It all adds up & it all makes a difference. Thank you for your support and we would be honored to see you at the Walk on November 2nd!


Many thanks,

Jessica Lewis

Moraga-Orinda Fire District Mourns the Loss of Firefighter ROBERT F. PANACCI

(press release issued by the MOFD on Oct 20, 2008)

Pete Nowicki, Fire Chief
Moraga-Orinda Fire District
33 Orinda Way
Orinda, CA 94563

8-Year Veteran Started his Career as a Reserve

The Moraga-Orinda Fire District regretfully reports that Firefighter Robert F. Panacci, the son of Frank and Janet Panacci of Lafayette, died unexpectedly at home on Sunday evening. Rob is survived by his parents and five siblings.

Rob began his career with Moraga-Orinda as a Reserve Firefighter in 1999 and became a full-time Firefighter in 2005.

Rob was known for his professionalism and sense of humor.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Juvenile Diabetic Foundation.

Funeral arrangements are pending, with details to follow.

For further information contact Fire Marshal Michael Mentink, at (925) 260-3578.