Project»I Had Cancer Website


I Had Cancer is a Drupal 6 website that I launched as lead developer and themer, working as a consultant with the Squeaky Wheel Media agency in NYC. I was tasked to complete, stabilize, and launch the website which was drifting away into eternal 90% finished land. I worked about half a year on the site's architecture, configuration, module coding, and front-end theming. Revamped the registration process, member profile pages, blogs, friend emailing/messaging, and other areas. I also built the Newsfeed section to pull in activity data from a member's circle of friends... something like a Facebook or Google+ wall. I remember this being some challenging programming - there is a reason the big social networking sites are hard to mimic.

Most importantly I hope the website has been useful for the community it was meant to serve, a community that had largely been swept under the carpet. My favorite section was the Dear Cancer blog such a powerful venting platform! It has received some great press and won a 2011 Pixel Award, a 2012 Webby Award for best community website, and was a Webby nomination finalist in 2013, 2014, and 2015 going up against community heavyweights like Github and Tumblr.

Member Profile Page

Member Newsfeed Page

Community Browse and Search Functions

Community Interactive Map

Dear Cancer Vent Blog

Q & A Discussions Blog