This post is a call to action and an example of how WordPress can (and does) impact real people and help to change lives for the better. Help Bowe & Sarah create an international community for people affected by Cystic Fibrosis, a serious disease that reduces life expectancy.
Bowe Frankema is a talented BuddyPress developer, consultant, and frequent contributor to the WordPress community. He also has Cystic Fibrosis. He’s created a campaign at Indiegogo to help fund the creation of an online community for all who are affected by this disease.
Why People with CF Need an Online Community
The short answer is because it’s extremely dangerous for people affected with this disease to interact in person. Imagine that you have something in common with another person and you’d like to talk and share your experiences that others don’t understand. Now imagine that all you can do is talk on the phone or online because meeting in person could kill you.
Cross infection can, and has, occurred between two people with CF and the outcome is grim.
Bowe Explains Further in this Video
You might also be interested in reading this written interview on WP Tavern with Bowe Frankema about his WordPress (and BuddyPress) journey and additional reasons why this community is so important to people with Cystic Fibrosis.
How WP Valet is Helping
We’ve met Bowe in person on several occasions and are providing our WP Valet services as well as consulting on the details of the creation of this community. We’ve also donated 6 months service of our Express Plan as a Perk to anyone who donates to his Indiegogo campaign at the €850 level or higher (that’s $1168.58 as of this writing and is a great savings).
How You Can Help
We urge you to help Bowe’s cause to get this community created and to build a place where people affected with CF can interact and share their experiences dealing with the challenges of this disease daily, but also just as important, a place for them to share and communicate on topics that everyone can relate to. You know, just life in general.
Consider a Donation
Any amount will help. As of this writing there are only 27 days left in this campaign. Can you spare $5, $25, or more to help a worthy cause?
Spread the Word
There is power in numbers. If you aren’t in a position to donate cash, perhaps you would consider sharing this post or the direct link to the campaign on your social channels, or even good ‘ole email to your friends, family, and followers?
The more aware we all are that people with CF can’t interact in person, and that Bowe is creating a solution for these individuals, the better his Cystic Fibrosis community will be and I dare say, the better the world will be.