On Thursday, May 9, a boy’s lacrosse game between Glens Falls and Queensbury was held, and prior to the game they held a tribute to me. Back in November 2017, I was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which basically paralyzes your body. I was in Glens Falls Hospital ICU for one month, then to Sunnyview Rehabilitation Center for six weeks and then Pathways Rehab Facility for four months. I was able to return home May 16, 2018, where I continue to recuperate, slowly. Since I have been home, friends and family have been extremely helpful in my care.
For 13 years, up until my disease in November 2017, I was a lacrosse referee for boys from modified to varsity level. At a basketball game in March at the Cool Insuring Arena, I ran into Jim Fox and Tim Northrup, and they began thinking of a way to honor me. Much to my surprise, many other people were involved in the coordination of this event. Shannon Fox had t-shirts from Hallwear, printed with “Porpora Strong,” with both lacrosse teams’ names on them. Dr. Bob Reeves presented me with a letter and a wooden lacrosse stick. Chip Corlew presented me with a plaque recognizing my years of service to the sport. Both coaches, Tim Northrup and Adam Orr, and both teams wore their t-shirts for photos prior to the game. Missy Montgomery, a Glens Falls parent, took numerous photos for us to remember the day. This whole event was a total surprise and honor to me, and there are not enough words to express my gratitude to all who participated.
I would like to thank everyone who attended the game, and friends and family who continue to care for me.
Rich Porpora, Queensbury