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 in my brain: Other people needed it, too.
“It was like they were in the room with me, and going through the whole deal with me instead of going through it myself.”
That was in 1997.
Since then, hundreds of thousands of authors have told their stories to billions of visitors. That’s because of you. You’ve shown up when your friends, families and far-flung acquaintances have needed it most. And you’ve supported CaringBridge financially, so that we can continue to provide safe, ad-free spaces for our families to tell their stories, and to get the support they need, exactly when they need it.
Televising the CaringBridge Tale
We were thrilled when the Twin Cities Fox affiliate, Fox9, wanted to help us commemorate our 19th year, in 2016, by helping tell the story that started it all. Please watch it here:
Many thanks to Twin Cities Fox affiliate for their compassionate storytelling of our simple, but powerful beginnings with Baby Brighid.
What We Can All Do
This video is why we do what we do.
We want to be the place where everyone can share their story and get support from their loved ones. Where the isolation of a health journey is mitigated by beaming immediate messages of love through a computer screen right to the room where the author is reading. CaringBridge becomes a site for a story, but also a site of hope and kindness.
Thanks for being with us every step of the way. To help secure another 19 years of acts of love, dive into “Hope on a Hard Drive” from the Twin Cities Fox affiliate and consider joining us and making a difference.
Sona Mehring is the founder of CaringBridge, the nonprofit organization created in 1997 so people experiencing a health journey can rally their community during a time of need. People invite close family and friends to read about their journey through their own personal CaringBridge website. In return, family and friends can show their love and support by posting encouraging messages. Follow Sona on Twitter – <a href=”https://twitter.com/gogosona”>@gogosona</a>.