SXSW Interactive prides itself on being a community event and we are greatly saddened that one of the more prominent members of our community has become very ill.
In April, frequent SXSW Interactive Festival speaker Molly E Holzschlag was diagnosed with a rare liver condition, which ravages her internal organs causing fatigue, dizziness, confusion, loss of appetite, and weakness. Immediately, Holzschlag was put on a very restrictive diet, vitamin regimen, and chemo-therapy. According to her doctors, she needs to continue with another 6-9 months of chemo-therapy to go into full remission. Holzschlag’s doctors told her that she could not work, while undergoing this extreme treatment.
Who is Molly? She is a person who has changed the world in many ways. Holzschlag is the author of over 30 books on web design, CSS, accessibility, web standards, and more. She 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, Holzschlag 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 has named her as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Women in Technology. Indeed, Holzschlag has changed the world several times over.
If you have the financial resources to support Holzschlag in her long recovery process, we encourage you to donate at HelpUsHelpMolly. If you don’t have the financial resources to help Holzschlag, we know that she would also support all the positive vibrations that you can point in her direction.