We hear this so often: “I did not start a website with the intention of healing. But that is what happened.” Many people come to CaringBridge, at first, to streamline communication during a health crisis. But then the love and hope streams in from family and friends. Sharing their stories helps people make sense of things – and so many things on a health journey just don’t make sense. We’ve learned, too, that even when there’s not a cure, there’s a power in sharing stories.

CaringBridge believes that we are all stronger together.

Honoring the Story That Started it All, in 1997

June 7, 1997, was the day Baby Brighid was born. And with her birth came the birth of the first CaringBridge website. I created it so that my dear friends could tell their story and get support when she really needed it. The response it got, both from Brighid’s parents and Brighid’s followers—flipped a switch… Read More

Stronger Together: CaringBridge Donor Rik Lalim and the Kunert Family

CaringBridge Donor Spotlight: Rik Lalim

Please meet Rik Lalim, a long-time friend of CaringBridge. CaringBridge Author, Donor, Volunteer Rik’s been volunteering since the earliest days of CaringBridge. He’s a CaringBridge donor and Advisory Council member. Rik became a CaringBridge donor like many do—after his own experience with the life-changing service. He’s been both a CaringBridge visitor and author for websites for… Read More

The Luthers used CaringBridge for Nolan's rhabdomyosarcoma treatment.

Meet the Luthers

On Memorial Day weekend of 2013, Kevin and Tara Luther noticed something odd: the left side of their son Nolan’s face wasn’t as animated as it usually was. Their holiday weekend turned into an urgent-care visit, which then became a hospital stay. Within the week, four-year-old Nolan underwent two surgeries. At the end of the… Read More

The Kunert family after Graham's eye cancer diagnosis

A Place for Bringing Hearts Together

It’s been a long two-and-a-half years since the moment my son Graham was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare eye cancer. What we thought was a lazy eye turned into the diagnosis no one wants to hear: Cancer. He was just six months old. After Graham’s cancer diagnosis, our lives went upside-down. We were introduced to… Read More

Dr. Matt Dudley, acute myeloid leukemia survivor

Online Support System Gets Doctor Through His Cancer Journey

“Through CaringBridge, I’ve learned that the ability to communicate with others is crucial when battling a grave illness or disease. People’s support has been vital to getting through what I’ve gone through.” – Dr. Matt Dudley As a physician undergoing cancer treatments far from home, Dr. Matt Dudley relied on the love of family and… Read More


Two Billion Hearts

What a moment. Two billion visits to CaringBridge. Two billion. That’s not a typo. What a Milestone What does two billion visits mean? To us, it means there is no upper limit to love. It means two billion loving acts have happened in the world—on CaringBridge alone. When CaringBridge began 19 years ago, it was… Read More