The power of WordPress

A lot has been said about the power of WordPress. It’s the engine of a large part of the internet, it’s super easy to extend and many people make a living out of it.

Almost every single day, there is a new project or service that surprises us and pushes the limits of what WordPress is capable of.

Only a few of those projects can be truly life changing though. One of the projects that have true life changing potential is launched in this past week. Or at least, the fundraiser for the project has started. Bowe Frankema has launched the Indiegogo campaign for his dream; A Social Network for people with Cystic Fibrosis.

The story behind this campaign

Most of the story behind this fundraiser can be found on the Indiegogo campaign page, but there are a couple things that I like to highlight.

Even though we’re both from the same country, I usually meet Bowe at WordCamps all over the world. He’s been a part of the WordPress community for as far as I can remember. I only found out that he has Cystic Fibrosis a couple months ago. It’s not something you share with everyone at every chance you get, obviously:

Through my life I’ve always tried my absolute best not to be “special”, trying not to be the sick kid that needs help. It’s something that every single person with CF can relate to – often we look healthy on the outside, making it easy for us to hide what’s within.

Another thing that I didn’t know, was that people with Cystic Fibrosis are actually not recommended to meet each other in person:

New medical research showed that there was a risk of cross-infection when people with CF met in person. By being around each other you could pass along bacteria that would be resistant against the antibiotics you’ve been treated with, in turn potentially pushing life expectancy further down. It meant the end for all official meetings between people with CF, and you can probably understand how huge the impact was for all of us.

I know Bowe as a fun guy who is passionate about communities. It’s no surprise that he’s a fan and active part of the BuddyPress ecosystem.

It all makes sense now, knowing these two really important parts of the campaign, in my opinion. People with Cystic Fibrosis want a place to meet each other. If they can’t do this in real life, then there has to be a platform for them to share experiences, discuss about everything related to Cystic Fibrosis and have a good time in general.

Bowe knows how communities work and (unfortunately) has Cystic Fibrosis himself. What more can you wish for in the initiator of such a community?

Using WordPress for a good cause

I hope this campaign will be successful, that there will be enough money raised to build this community and give people with Cystic Fibrosis a ‘home’ on the internet. Besides that, I’m excited about the fact that this project is going to be build using WordPress. I’m looking forward to how this unfolds and I’ll be supporting it in any way I can.

If you want to help, please read the detailed campaign page on Indiegogo. It explains exactly what the community is going to be, where the money will be used for and also gives a great insight in what Cystic Fibrosis really is.

Bowe, I really hope you can make this happen.