Eagan, Minn. (Sep. 9, 2009) —
CaringBridge, a Minnesota-based nonprofit providing free websites that connect loved ones during serious health events, care and recovery, has reached a milestone of one billion visits from caring family and friends. Since 1997, CaringBridge has helped families connect to share love and support when facing events like cancer, premature birth, serious injury, stroke and heart attack. According to Hitwise, a web research company, CaringBridge was the most visited community-related website in July 2009.
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 visiting the site to read journal entries, view photos, and leave messages of love and support in the guestbook.
"It's amazing to watch CaringBridge grow from one personal website to thousands of supportive online communities that have generated one billion visits," said Sona Mehring, founder and executive director, CaringBridge. "I like to think of each visit to a CaringBridge site as a hug - having all of that support in one place can really make a difference to those facing challenging health situations."
The impact of CaringBridge can best be seen in the personal stories of those who.ve created their own site. Clint Gibboney of Columbus, Ohio explains how the CaringBridge site he created for his mom, Shirley, has kept her spirits up. "I can take my laptop up to the hospital and show my mom the messages, and it's an instant smile no matter how bad she feels," said Gibboney. "CaringBridge helps create smiles, and that.s a big thing for someone who doesn't necessarily feel all that fantastic."
For more information visit www.CaringBridge.org.
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.