One of the web’s biggest strengths is that it allows you to easily connect with people all over the world. Barriers are dropped and you can get in touch with people you admire and look up to. Back in 2002 (or even earlier) I came in contact with Molly Holzschlag, a web standards evangelist. She had written some books I had read about CSS and HTML. I got in touch with her and was amazed by her approachability and the advice she gave. I can say she became a friend.
We actually met for breakfast during the @Media Conference in London, back in 2005. I have great memories from that meeting. We talked about our work and what we foresaw for the future.
Lately we somehow lost contact. Today, I was doing some research for a new blog post when I found out that Molly is very sick:
In April, Molly was diagnosed with a rare liver condition, which ravages her internal organs causing fatigue, dizziness, confusion, loss of appetite, and weakness. Immediately, Molly was put on a very restrictive diet, vitamin regimen, and chemo-therapy. According to her doctors, Molly needs to continue with another 6-9 months of chemo-therapy to go into full remission. Molly’s doctors told her that she could not work, while undergoing this extreme treatment.
She can’t work, so she has little means to sustain herself and pay for the very expensive medical bills. So, her friends put up a campaign online to help her. It is called Help Us Help Molly. I made a small but heartfelt contribution, and I hope you can join me in helping not only a friend, but an influential person in the internet world.
Remember, you never know when it could happen to you. Donate if you can at http://www.gofundme.com/HelpUsHelpMolly
Get well soon Molly, I miss you.