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Denise Brock

Server Slowdowns and GRACE Update

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You may have noticed some frustrating server issues with GRACE these past few days.  Our true apologies – we are working diligently with our provider to solve these issues.  We ask you for patience, and we will be hopefully trouble free as soon as possible.  


Recent cancerGRACE.org issues have made me feel that it is a great time to give people a sneak peek at what we are working on behind the scenes.  GRACE is past due for an upgrade – and we have decided to give the site a shiny new coat of paint. Soon you will be seeing a new site when you log in to GRACE – and while change is always a little tough – we think you will like what you see.  

Our great development team at FUSEIQ based in Seattle has shown that they have a wonderful understanding of what we do and what we are trying to do.  They have worked with many nonprofits and have an excellent team who have been patient and understanding with our requests.  Their knowledge has been guiding us to develop a site that is intuitive, easy to navigate and much easier to find the important information that is so integral to the heart of GRACE.  We also will be implementing a new structure for our FORUMS – yes – many of the abilities that we have been promising since the last upgrade will finally be available.  Welcome back, personal messaging! 

Another very very exciting part of this rebuild is that we are giving you – our members – more control over what information you want to see.  When you have an account on GRACE, you will be able to personalize your dashboard so you see the information you want to see!  As GRACE grows, we hope to provide more and more information about different types of cancers.  We also know that not everyone – though it is all incredibly interesting and educational – wants to wade through new information on types of cancers that are not necessarily pertinent to them.  The new GRACE site will allow you to determine what feeds you get to see daily on your own dashboard.  You also can always default to the main page to see what is new, available site wide.  Here is a sneak peek! 

The GRACE main page mockup and design:

 Please feel free to offer comments and raise questions in our Discussion Forums.


Do you want to help us reach our goal?  

AS you know, GRACE is a nonprofit run solely on grants and donations from our users.   Funding is tight – and we hope to be able to launch the new site not only as a pretty new thing, but with our content and data migrated over successfully.  Operational tasks are always tough to find funding for!   

If you would like to help us reach our goal, you can donate HERE.  


 

 


GRACE Webmaster

Wondering what the recent GRACE Website shaking and rumbling is all about?

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GRACE Under ConstructionOkay, I was just kidding about the shaking and rumbling, but we have been making some significant changes to the GRACE website lately, thanks in part to your generous donations to our Website Rebuild fundraising campaign.
(Please keep ‘em comin’ – there’s a LOT left to do!)

Most of the changes have been “under the hood,” but some have been visible and are hopefully already improving your experience on the site, especially in terms of page loading times.

In order to keep you informed about these updates in a more timely fashion, we’ve created a GRACE Site Ongoing Improvements forum topic where I’ll be making periodic posts to share our progress. Registered members (free) can also discuss the changes there with the GRACE staff.

We’re always interested in your feedback and suggestions for the GRACE site and welcome your participation.

Thanks and Cheers!

-Mark
 GRACE Webmaster & Podcast Engineer


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Help GRACE Rebuild Its Website

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Our website needs help, and we’re turning to you.

Cancer patients and caregivers come to cancerGRACE.org to get information they can trust. The folks who log on are loyal and passionate – and for that we’re grateful.

Unfortunately, the structure of our website can barely sustain the volumes of information that we’ve posted to it throughout the years. We have podcasts, blog posts, videos, slidedocs, images, online forums and thousands and thousands of pages of data and research results – all free and all for the benefit of people living with cancer.

But on the back end, the staff is nervous. We know that the website could implode at anytime. The thought of it fills me with dread because I know how much people rely on cancerGRACE.org and I cannot imagine not being there for them. 

We have the knowledge and the plans to make a better website that will be simpler to navigate and light years easier to search. Over the past few months, we have applied for grants to raise money to pay for a website rebuild and we’ve raised $10,000 – just over half of what we need. Now we’re turning to you, our loyal and passionate website visitors, to help us finally reach our goal. We’ve created a campaign on GoFundMe to raise $7,500. Won’t you help us get there?

Please give what you can and urge others – via Facebook, Twitter or that antiquated thing called “email” – to do the same. Our website welcomes 50,000 unique visitors each month. If even 10% of our monthly visitors donated a few dollars, we’d reach our goal quickly, enabling us to get to work sooner.

Thank you.


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