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Family Demonstrates the Power of Hope During Health Journey CaringBridge Kicks-Off 2015 with Two-Week Giving Campaign

Eagan, Minn., (March 16, 2015) —

A health journey is not about one person. It becomes an experience that brings family and friends together. Staying connected can have a powerful impact on hope and the healing process.

The Pierson family experienced firsthand the power CaringBridge provides during their darkest time. Everything they knew changed three years ago when their son Gavin was diagnosed with a brain tumor. As soon as Gavin was diagnosed, his mother Nicole launched his CaringBridge website.

It began as a wonderful way to let family and friends know how Gavin was doing, without the pressure of returning countless phone calls or emails. It quickly became an even greater experience for Nicole. “Fears, worries and doubts cycle constantly through my head. I write on CaringBridge, and feel like a weight is lifted as our community rallies around Gavin,” Nicole said. “A message of hope is huge, it helps us get through.”

There are hundreds of thousands of families, like the Piersons, who depend on CaringBridge to rally their community for a source of strength and hope. Today, there are more than 530,000 websites on CaringBridge that are visited by millions of people around the world each year.

Today, CaringBridge launches Hope. Healing. You., a two-week giving campaign featuring the Pierson family’s story. Beginning March 16 through the end of the month, CaringBridge asks supporters to join them with a financial gift, honoring the hope and healing that occurs during a CaringBridge health journey. The campaign features two generous matching gifts donated by an anonymous friend of CaringBridge. The match doubles donations received on March 16 and 17 up to $15,000 and March 30 and 31 up to $10,000.

“People who use CaringBridge understand the powerful impact that it can have,” said Sona Mehring, founder and CEO of CaringBridge. “They feel the therapeutic benefits of journaling, they are relieved of the anguish of repeating emotional stories, and they are surrounded by love and hope, which they can access anytime, day or night. A donation to CaringBridge makes all of that possible.”

Nearly 90 percent of all funding comes from the people who use CaringBridge. A donation helps ensure that personal websites are available for every family facing a health crisis. Donors can have a powerful impact – making health journeys easier for families like the Pierson’s. To learn more or make a tax-deductible contribution, visit www.CaringBridge.org/give.

About CaringBridge
CaringBridge is a nonprofit organization created so people experiencing a health journey can rally their community during a time of need through the use of personal websites. Its mission is to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier. CaringBridge, started in 1997, provides personal websites with no advertising, privacy settings the user controls and personal information guarded – not sold. A CaringBridge website is free to use due to the generosity of donors. More than 35 million people visited websites in 2014, and nearly a half a million people connect through CaringBridge every day. For more information, visit www.CaringBridge.org.

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