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Thanks to all for checking in here for Amanda. I have been frustrated with this site in that I feel that caring bridge misleads followers by placing a box on each persons site that states:
"HONOR AMANDA WITH A DONATION TO CARINGBRIDGE"
On the HOME page they clearly state, DONATE to CARINGBRIDGE. If people want to do that, they will donate to caring bridge and KNOW what there intention is, BUT
To put a box on each individual page created for a sick loved one that states
to HONOR AMANDA with a DONATION to CARINGBRIDGE has tricked 4 people who wanted the money to go to Amanda for her care, into donating to caringbridge which was not their intent. Two of them called me after stating to me, that was NOT their intent, and my guess is that it was not the intent of the other two who also did the same thing. if this had has happened in my case, 4 times, I wonder how many other people it has happened to that haven't even realized it yet.
I only found out when the first donor let Amanda know that he donated and it never came to us.
I am fine with them asking for donations, but making it clear and not posting it on each site that is created and authored and using the SICK persons name to do it.
When I messaged to CaringBridge, they responded:
Thank you for contacting CaringBridge.
A gift to CaringBridge is used to ensure our service is available free of charge for all families, without the use of advertising, helping them stay connected so they may receive the love, support and encouragement they need during a significant health challenge.
Because we are a 501c3 non-profit organization, we are not able to redirect funds to individuals or their families.
To find out how gifts to CaringBridge are used, or to view our financials, please visit: https://www.caringbridge.org/about-us/financials
At the heart of CaringBridge, we’re about caring for each other. This means it is important to us that we honor the intentions of our users. If donors on your site donated thinking the funds were going to the individual please let them know they can contact us for a refund. They can contact us through our help center or they can reply directly to the email receipt they received when they made the donation.
Please let us know if you have any further questions.
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Caring . . . Genuine . . . Intelligent . . . Funny . . . Sincere . . . Honest . . . Loving . . . Hard Working . . . Beautiful . . . Sister . . . Daughter . . . Friend to ALL . . . To know Amanda is to love her! She has such an amazing sense of humor and a strong sense of self and what is right!
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 and a new journey and challenge! BUT that is OK! God has this covered and I will TRUST in HIM! There are so many verses in the Bible that reflects on trusting in the Lord but Proverbs 3:5-6 is the standout:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Today is January 3, 2017 and we received a diagnosis of thyroid cancer. I say "WE" because it is not just a diagnosis for Amanda but for ALL of us - her family, her friends and ALL of those Amanda still has yet to inspire by her courage and journey through this. We are so blessed to be surrounded by so much love, such an outpouring of support and so many prayers!
We have a long road ahead full of hills, valleys, bumps, curves and obstacles! This past year, God has prepared me (her mother) for what lies ahead - One obstacle at a time progressing towards the finish line in Spartan Races! THIS is one huge OCR = Obstacle Course Race and God is guiding us through! There are lessons to be learned, faith to grow and relationships to lean on and we will ALL be stronger once we cross that finish line. Thank you, God, for preparing me for this journey!
Thank you ALL for your prayers, support, encouragement through to the finish line and beyond!