About Us

Our Vision: A world where no one goes through a health journey alone.

Sona Mehring with Brighid's parents

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.”

Sona Mehring, CaringBridge Founder

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 incorporated in the USA, with all data hosted in the USA, providing support when it’s needed most.

Our reach has grown: Since 1997, more than 740,000 CaringBridge websites have been created. One in thirteen people in the U.S. have used CaringBridge to rally support for a loved one during a health journey, and our reach extends to 235 countries and territories around the world.

Start your own CaringBridge website.

See how a CaringBridge website works.

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 volunteers, our nonprofit wouldn’t exist. The generosity of our donors and volunteers humbles and inspires us every day.

See ways you can get involved.