I had the good fortune of growing up a couple of blocks from the Vitanzas and have shared a lifetime of good times and memories with the family. In 2008, however the family suffered a horrible tragedy when Bob Vitanza, the oldest of the three brothers, was diagnosed with and lost his life to Creutzfeldt Jacobs Disease (CJD).
When faced with tragedy, there are various responses; some tend to dissociate while others act. Mike Vitanza and his family chose action; and continue to do whatever they can for the CJD Foundation in its mission to support those affected by CJD and to hopefully find a cure!
Mike and I have been lifelong friends and I have been involved with ROCK4RV since 2009. I am proud to have been a part of something positive that honors Bob the right way – with celebration of all of the great things he accomplished as a son, brother, husband, friend and businessman while trying to make a difference for others affected by CJD. I am now an official ROCK4RV committee member and I am grateful for the funding and awareness this annual event has raised.
The ROCK4RV Concert Series is in its 9th year and it has been the highest grossing family fundraiser in the history of the CJD Foundation, which was founded in 1993. While a great accomplishment, we remain driven to build momentum and continue to grow this event. I am excited about what the future has in store!
Thank you to all of the friends and talented musicians that have supported this series over the years. I look forward to us taking this experience to the next level!