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“If Tim Berners-Lee is the father of the Web, then Molly Holzschlag is its fairy godmother.”

 

If you work in the Tech world, it’s quite likely you know who Molly Holzschlag is. If you don’t, suffice it to say she’s a really big deal when it comes to Web standards and, more recently, when it comes to improving Accessibility and inclusive design to break down barriers to a more accessible Internet.

 

It’s for that more recent effort that all of us at Abled® applaud Molly and want to help with spreading the word about the campaign to help her through a very difficult and challenging time. 

 

We hope you’ll consider making a donation and spreading the word by sharing this link to the campaign:

 

http://www.gofundme.com/HelpUsHelpMolly

 

We’re sharing the eloquent words that Brian Sullivan, the Co-Founder of Big Design Conference, and other friends have written as part of their GoFundMe.com campaign to raise funds to support Molly through this very serious health crisis:

 

Who is Molly Holzschlag?

Molly E. Holzschlag has changed the world in many ways. She is the author of over 30 books on web design, CSS, accessibility, web standards, and more. Molly has helped to establish many of the web standards used today by working with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Web Standards Project (WaSP). She worked directly with CERN, AOL, Microsoft, BBC, Opera, and Netscape to ensure browsers support modern standards. 

 

Recently, Molly has led the W3C’s CSS Working Group and Accessibility Community Group to emphasize the importance of inclusive design on the Internet to overcome accessibility barriers for people with disabilities. The San Francisco Chronicle named Molly Holzschlag as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Women in Technology. Molly has changed the world several times over.

 

In the following video posted at YouTube, web standards guru  Molly Holzschlag joins Davin Wilfrid in April, 2013 for a chat about the state of the open web, why browser monoculture is evil, why accessibility is just quality engineering, and why visual semantics are so important to consider. 

 

 

Who are the friends of Molly?

The people who are managing this effort include:

Sharron Rush (Executive Director, Knowbility)
Brian Sullivan (Co-Founder, Big Design Conference)
Claudia Snell (Web Director, Nichols College)
Joseph O’Connor (Accessibility Team Lead, WordPress)
Keith Anderson (DFW-IXDA Team Leader & Sprint Developer)

 

We like to call ourselves Team Molly. All money collected from this effort will go towards medical expenses and recovery costs.

 

What’s Happened to Molly?

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.

 

Molly was employed at the small NPO Knowbility as the Open Web Evangelist. Knowbility was able to put her on Family and Medical Leave which allowed Molly to retain her health insurance coverage. The FMLA time period has ended and the only coverage available now is through COBRA. 

 

Molly’s current coverage lasts until November 1, 2013. She does have a one month supply of pills. The monthly cost of her chemo-therapy is about $2,800 and COBRA will be an additional $1000. With a long recovery expected and the inability to work, Molly needs our financial support. Her mother and brother are doing what they can, but now Molly needs us.

 

We know it is a tough time for many people. Here is how you can help.

 

1. Give whatever you can. (It’s very easy to donate and secure.)
2. Spread the word. Blog this, tweet this, re-tweet this.
3. Help find a donor (maybe a generous company or individual will match your donation).
4. Run a workshop and send the money to this campaign.

 

For many of us, we have purchased many of the books that Molly has written. Consider a donation of $25 or more, which is like purchasing one of Molly’s book.

 

Molly has changed the world several times over. It is now time for us to change her world.

 

Update (11/6/2013):

We have updated our initial goal of $25,000 to $50,000 because of the overwhelming response. We are also using the hashtag on twitter of: #TeamMolly

We are Team Molly! #TeamMolly Go team!!!

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