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How CaringBridge Supports Personal Fundraisers Through GoFundMe


Years of research and reporting confirm what patients and caregivers who use CaringBridge and personal fundraisers like GoFundMe know first-hand: A health crisis can wreak havoc on family finances. Such headlines as “The Financial Burden of Illness” and “The Economic and Emotional Costs of Caregiving” put a pricetag on things we hear often at CaringBridge:

  • “My son’s first hospitalization lasted 91 days, and I slept beside him nearly every night. I couldn’t even think about work.”
  • “My sister lives in Texas, her accident happened in New Mexico, and our mom flew in from Costa Rica to help. Talk about logistics … and expenses.”
  • “Some of his ongoing medical treatments are new, experimental, and not covered by health insurance.”

As any family going through a health crisis can tell you, even with good health insurance and savings, diagnosis, illness, injury or premature birth can introduce unexpected expenses and/or loss of income.

GoFundMe Helps Cover Gaps

To help cover financial gaps within a health journey, many CaringBridge authors also create personal fundraisers through GoFundMe. And as with CaringBridge sites, GoFundMe campaigns are often set up by family caregivers or friends, on behalf of patients.

Appreciating how important spreading the word about fundraising campaigns is to receiving financial support, CaringBridge has teamed with GoFundMe, the leader in online medical fundraising, to make it easy for families to connect their CaringBridge sites and GoFundMe campaigns.

Many families using CaringBridge and GoFundMe say it is convenient to post Journal entries just once, on CaringBridge, and to include a link to GoFundMe through their “Ways to Help” page in their CaringBridge site.

Here’s how to create the link:

  • For patients and caregivers: Simply click “Ways to Help” on the homepage of your CaringBridge site. You can start a GoFundMe, or link an existing campaign to your CaringBridge site. Also on the “Ways to Help” page, you can share your hospital or facility info, add support links and identify tasks on the Planner.
  • For family and friends: Click “Ways to Help” when you visit a loved one’s site. If they have a GoFundMe, it’s easy to show support. If they don’t, you might post a comment on their Journal inviting them to create a personal fundraiser. Be sure to look for other “Ways to Help,” too.

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Esther Aug 03, 2020 12:58am
Hi, myself Esther.mybmom underwent cancer surgery , chemotherapy is done, we don't enough resource to avail for radiology. Radiology cost 1,54,000, need help
Pamela S Carrico Jul 22, 2020 2:10pm
Are there any fees involved in setting up a gofundme page thru CaringBridge?
Shirley Conklin Jan 26, 2020 1:01pm
How do I connect my exiting Go Fund Me to my Caring Bridge site?
Debby Trewyn- Way May 03, 2019 2:11pm
How do I connect a Go Fund Me Page to an account?
Ashley Gardiner Nov 12, 2018 9:11am
How do you connect an existing Go Fund Me page? I keep typing in the link and its not being helpful at all. Just keeps saying it can't find the campaign. Does Caringbridge only want GOFundme pages that come through them personally?
webyar Nov 10, 2018 5:59am
really thank you. I've been looking at this post very well in google and your story is the best.
AfriBaze Nov 09, 2018 2:01am
how do u share go fund me need help please
nicole shorter Sep 18, 2018 11:26am
how do u share go fund me need help
Fran French Aug 15, 2018 6:53pm
Thoughts and prayers to the Farron Howorwitz family and Farron from a member of the North Castle Community. Keep fighting.
Tasha Juneau Aug 05, 2018 11:20pm
My daughter was diagnosed with dipg June 8th 2018. We are at st Jude in Memphis. How do I share her GoFundMe Page?
Ann Peitsch Aug 03, 2018 11:39pm
How do I unsubscribe ? Too many messages!