Eagan, Minn. (Jun. 25, 2008) —
CaringBridge, a nonprofit Web service that connects families and friends during medical treatment or recovery, has formed a collaborative partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new partnership enables CaringBridge users access to CDC libraries of information on specific medical conditions, so they can better understand and care for loved ones coping with serious illnesses or injuries.
"When families and friends are trying to support someone undergoing medical treatment, one of their most important needs, beyond emotional support, is access to trusted medical information about a specific disease or condition that their loved one may be coping with," said CaringBridge founder Sona Mehring. "Our new partnership with CDC does just that, providing 24-hour, online access to its extensive medical libraries. The CDC is consistently identified as a highly trusted source of medical information."
CaringBridge connects more than 20 million friends and families each year through personal CaringBridge Web sites that have generated over 500 million visits and more than 15 million messages of hope and encouragement. This free service is funded by individual donations and hospital and collaborative partnerships.
The addition of CDC medical libraries is the newest service offered to CaringBridge Web users. Through CaringBridge sites, families can easily provide updates for those who care and still focus their energies on the person who requires healing. Supporters can stay involved by reading posted stories, viewing photos, signing guest books, and leaving messages of love and support. At the same time, hospitals and treatment centers can ensure patients and families receive the emotional support they need.
The CDC medical libraries are scheduled to be available on CaringBridge Web sites beginning on June 25, 2008. For more information about CaringBridge, visit caringbridge.org. For more information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visit cdc.gov.
CaringBridge is a nonprofit offering many ways for people to care for each other during any type of health event. Its mission is to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier. For more information, visit www.CaringBridge.org.