How Sona Mehring Started CaringBridge

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 use my professional skills as an information technology specialist to create a website. The same night their baby Brighid was born, so was the idea that became CaringBridge.

Sona Mehring with Heart Amplifiers

A Powerful Connection Point

That inaugural CaringBridge Site became an instant connection point in extremely personal and powerful ways.

  • Brighid's parents could easily share information with family and friends around the world, regardless of time or place.

  • They could post daily updates in their Journal to tell everyone about Brighid’s status.

  • The Guestbook allowed visitors to the site to leave messages of love and encouragement for the family.

It was a simple way for everyone who cared to communicate globally.

From Hobby to Nonprofit

As word spread about Brighid's site, other people asked if I could provide sites for them too. I did - and the caring community grew with each request.

One day, I got a check in the mail, along with a thank-you note. The amount wasn't large, but it left an impression. The circle of caring people who appreciated such sites was bigger than I thought.

In 2002, I devoted myself full-time to transforming CaringBridge into a nonprofit organization that offers free sites to anyone who needs them. Today, CaringBridge serves more than 500,000 people a day.