To Our SOBCon Family & Friends:
Thank you for your support over these past 6+ years, especially these last 10 months, which have been quite challenging for us.
As you know, Liz was diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer last fall, and went through several months of radiation and chemotherapy treatments. The cancer (thankfully) is now gone, but the recovery process will be lengthy.
Nonetheless, we pressed on with SOBCon Chicago 2013 in May, and we were blessed that Liz was able to join us there. It was a fantastic weekend and we are so thankful to all who attended, helped, promoted and sponsored the event.
After the event we had a chance to reflect, and look ahead, and it was clear that the highest priority for us was to focus on Liz’s continued recovery, and the financial challenges she and her family now faces until she is well enough to begin traveling and speaking again.
In line with that priority we recently launched a fundraising auction that was supported by so many of you by your contributions of time, auction items, and money. We thank you all for providing Liz with some important relief as she recovers.
Also, we’ve decided to not have a SOBCon NW event in Portland this year, so we can have a head-start on planning for SOBCon Chicago 2014, and Liz can focus on other initiatives and projects that will benefit her and her family more directly – stay tuned for those announcements soon.
SOBCon IS Liz Strauss, and we believe that this break from the event will allow us to build back our strength with the help of our wonderful alumni and friends, and come back stronger than ever in Chicago in 2014.
That is our hope, and while it’s so true that we never know what the future may hold, we’re also comforted by the legacy, and family, we’ve built through the 10 times we’ve held the event.
We know that you won’t let us fail.
Thank you all,
Liz & Terry