Our Mission: To amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier.
Sona Mehring with JoAnn Hardegger and Darrin Swanson holding a photo of their daughter Brighid, the baby who inspired CaringBridge. (May 2011)
“In 1997, good friends of mine had a premature baby, and they asked me to let everyone know what was happening. Instead of making dozens of emotional and time-consuming phone calls, I decided to create a website. The same night their baby Brighid was born, so was the idea that became CaringBridge.”
A Powerful Connection Point
That inaugural CaringBridge website allowed people to easily get updates and offer support and encouragement. Word spread, and others began to request their own CaringBridge websites.
In 2002, CaringBridge became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, providing support when it’s needed most.
Our reach has grown: Since 1997, more than half a million CaringBridge websites have been created. One in nine people in the U.S. have used CaringBridge to rally support for a loved one during a health journey, and our reach extends to 236 countries and territories around the world.
Supported by People Like You
In times of need, the greatest source of hope and healing is the love of family and friends.
Without the compassionate support of donors and the dedication of more than 2,500 volunteers, our nonprofit wouldn’t exist. The generosity of our donors and volunteers humbles and inspires us every day.
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