We’ve heard it more times than we can count: The sports tourism industry is about relationships. I consider it a blessing and a privilege to serve our industry alongside all of you. As I look back on my career and the time that I’ve spent with my industry friends, I’ve celebrated a marriage, the birth of three wonderful kids, and three San Francisco Giants World Series championships. I’ve shared the best experiences life has to offer with many of you, and you have done the same with me and one another.
Now, I feel it is my duty to share news that one of our own is going through one of life’s most challenging experiences. My dear friend, Beth Porreca, who last year took over as USA Football’s director of events after several successful years at US Lacrosse, has been diagnosed with Stage 3 HER2 positive invasive ductal cancer—the most common type of breast cancer. Since receiving her text message with the news, I have felt sorry. Not for Beth (she wouldn’t allow anyone to feel sorry for her), but for the cancer that she’ll be fighting. It doesn’t stand a chance. As long as I’ve known Beth, I’ve thanked my lucky stars that I’ve always been on her good side, because you do not want to mess with her.
The good news is everyone who knows and loves Beth like I do can help her win this battle. I encourage all of you to help contribute to her fight by donating what you can here. You can also follow Beth’s fight against cancer by clicking here.
Beth, we love you and we’re with you every step of the way.