Eagan, Minn. (May. 20, 2009) —
Each day, thousands of people face a serious health event and need CaringBridge to connect with family and friends. The Minnesota-based nonprofit Web service is asking supporters to join its One Act of Kindness campaign to help reach and serve these families. CaringBridge hopes to encourage 10,000 acts of kindness during the six-week campaign beginning May 20th.
"During a health event like cancer, premature birth or a serious injury, communicating important and sometimes difficult news can be overwhelming," said Sona Mehring, founder and executive director, CaringBridge. "A free, easy to use, personal CaringBridge Web site immediately eases the burden of keeping everyone updated and brings support and healing to hurting families."
Through a CaringBridge site, families can easily update those who care allowing the primary caregivers to focus their energies on the person who requires healing. Supporters stay involved by reading journal entries, viewing photos, and leaving messages of love and support in the guestbook. Hospitals and treatment centers recommend CaringBridge to ensure patients receive the emotional support they need, especially when personal visits are not possible.
"On the first day I created my CaringBridge site I received 120 hits," said Sara Pallen, who was diagnosed with leukemia and gave birth the same day. "I never could have communicated with 120 people in one day without the website."
One act of kindness can bring compassion, hope and healing to hundreds. A donation to CaringBridge helps ensure the service is available for anyone who needs it. For more information, visit www.caringbridge.org/actofkindness.
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.