Eagan, Minn., (December 1, 2015) — Today, CaringBridge launched its annual year-end giving campaign to raise $1.2 million. The nonprofit, fueled by the generosity of donors, offers free personal, private websites to connect the communities of those experiencing a health challenge. Donating to CaringBridge ensures that no one has to go through a health journey alone.
Nearly 90 percent of funding comes from real people, with real stories, who have used CaringBridge to support themselves or a loved one. The Stronger Together year-end giving campaign features match contributions from four generous donors.
The campaign kicks-off on December 1 with #GivingTuesday, the global day of giving. There will be a one-day-only match up to $15,000 from the C.H. Robinson Foundation. "The C.H. Robinson Foundation is proud to support the CaringBridge mission to make each health journey easier as it impacts not only our employees, but the greater community during a time when they need it most," said Angie Freeman, President of the C.H. Robinson Foundation.
An additional matching gift will be made by the CaringBridge Board of Directors on December 9th and 10th. Any donations on those two days will be matched up to $35,000. Thirdly, a generous and anonymous supporter of CaringBridge has pledged to match up to $25,000 in donations, on December 16th and 17th.
Closing out the Stronger Together campaign, CaringBridge Advisory Council member John Wernz generously shows his support by matching donations, dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000 on December 23rd and 24th. “I am donating in honor of my father who passed away from cancer two years ago. I want to help ensure that the next son who is trying to help his father has CaringBridge at the ready,” said Wernz.
Through CaringBridge, over half a million brave and caring people with powerful stories connect and care for each other. That’s what the Luther family did when their 4-year-old son Nolan was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a childhood cancer. After Nolan was diagnosed, their family needed to split up to get his treatment in another state. CaringBridge was essential – not just for sharing treatment news, but for feeling heard and loved.
“The two of us going alone was nervewracking and scary for all of us. CaringBridge truly was one of our strongest and most important support system tools,” said Nolan’s dad, Kevin. CaringBridge helped his family feel like they were not alone while simultaneously providing much needed space as those who cared were able to receive updates without the family feeling overwhelmed.
“The generosity of the CaringBridge community goes deeper than monetary contributions. The spirit in which people connect and care for each other through CaringBridge is what it means to be Stronger Together,” said Sona Mehring, founder and CEO of CaringBridge.
Now in remission, Kevin continues to stay connected with loved ones through CaringBridge to share Nolan’s recovery and share his normal moments. For the Luthers, seeing their son happy and healthy is the greatest gift they could ask for this holiday season.
“As a nonprofit, CaringBridge relies on donations to allow anyone facing a health journey the ability to connect with their support network,” said Mehring. “Thanks to donations, the Luther family and millions of other individuals and families no longer endure these challenging journeys alone. Thanks to donors, they’re constantly surrounded by the strength and love they need.”
The year-end giving campaign runs through December 31, 2015. To learn more or make a tax-deductible contribution, visit www.CaringBridge.org/give.
CaringBridge is a nonprofit social network created so people experiencing a health journey can rally their community during a time of need through the use of personal, private websites. Our mission is to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier. Founded in 1997 by Sona Mehring, CaringBridge is cost-free and ad-free due to the generosity of donors. More than half a million CaringBridge websites have been created. Combined, they’ve received nearly two billion visits. For more information, visit www.CaringBridge.org