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CaringBridge Donor Spotlight: Rik Lalim

Stronger Together: CaringBridge Donor Rik Lalim and the Kunert Family

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 himself and his mother.

A Collection of Love Letters

“I know firsthand how CaringBridge affects loved ones. I think participating in CaringBridge is a very easy way to help families faced with a health event,” he says.

And, he recently discovered that the warmth he felt through CaringBridge can last much longer than the health event itself.

“I recently came across some documents from my chemo treatments,” he says. “I had printed all the messages from my site. I sat and read through them again, and it was the most touching, thoughtful experience. I realized then that CaringBridge is like an automatic diary. A collection of love letters.”

The Ripple Effect

Rik’s continued to be involved with CaringBridge as a volunteer and donor because of its ripple effect: “If that little bit of money can impact so many people’s lives, that’s an amazing value,” he says. Every dollar invested in CaringBridge helps 5 people become stronger together.

And then, he continues to be inspired by donation-matching campaigns, as the money goes twice as far. “You end up making a bigger impact than what you could do individually,” he says.

Changing People’s Lives

Rik continues to be a staunch CaringBridge supporter because he’s seen and felt the difference it can make during a difficult time.

“I don’t think there are many free services that touch so many people around the world. . . This affects people one-on-one; their feelings, thoughts and lives. I’m proud to support CaringBridge and fortunate I can.”

We’re so grateful to Rik and proud he’s a part of the CaringBridge family. Would you join him?

Yes, I want to join Rik as a CaringBridge donor!

Since its inception in 1997, CaringBridge has hosted news and hope for more than half a million families facing a health event. We thank our donors for ensuring a future for everyone who needs a safe, protected space to gather strength during a health journey.

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Brian D Draper May 05, 2018 10:32am
Hi Elsie, We are thinking of you and Patrick and hope Spring has arrived up there ?! We are all geared up for the Winterthur Point to Point tomorrow ........ Love to you both, Brian
Ruth Jan 28, 2018 2:53pm
Please remove me from your mailing list. I make contributions whenever a friend takes part in your service. I only want to receive updates on my friends. Thank you.
Karla I Hunsinger Jan 02, 2018 11:24am
I thought the site was just going to be a wonderful way to keep family and friends informed. I was wrong because it was much more. It was very therapeutic for me to write. While writing I was able to let go of some stresses from the day. I also just reread all the posts and comments as part of the grieving process. What an amazing journal of love and caring I have created without even realizing it. Thank you for being here!
ramesh May 12, 2016 8:34am
Nice content
Kathy Thune Mar 23, 2016 7:26pm
Love caringbridge! Our son was diagnosed with AML Luekemia in Sydney, Australia, to ill to come home to Minnesota. My husband and I went to Sydney for 5 weeks while he did his 1st round of chemo. Caringbridge kept us connected a world away with family and friends