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 a family’s finances, morale, and more.

Even with good health insurance and savings, being saddled with a surprise diagnosis, illness, injury, or premature birth can bring unexpected expenses and/or loss of income that is difficult to replace.

  • “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.”
  • “My husband has spent so much time recovering from treatments and had to miss some important milestones and events in our daughter’s life.”

As any family going through a health crisis can tell you, health crises affect much more than just one part of one person’s life. Because of this, many CaringBridge users get creative in how they use a GoFundMe fundraiser to ask for help with whatever else they may need, even for things outside of healthcare expenses. Think airfare for family members, daycare for the kids or meals to support prolonged hospital visits.

Use GoFundMe For The Things You Need

To help cover various costs that may occur during one’s health journey, many CaringBridge authors also create personal fundraisers through GoFundMe. And just like CaringBridge sites, GoFundMe fundraisers are often set up by family caregivers or friends on behalf of patients. Understanding how important spreading the word about fundraising campaigns is to receiving financial support, CaringBridge has teamed up with GoFundMe, the leader in online fundraising, to make it easy for families to connect their CaringBridge sites and GoFundMe fundraisers.

Fundraise for anything you need during your health journey—even beyond the cost of care. Whether you need support for ongoing family needs like child care, renovations to make your home wheelchair-friendly after an injury, or even fun activities to take your mind off of your health journey, starting a GoFundMe fundraiser can help.

Many families using both CaringBridge and GoFundMe together say it’s convenient to post Journal entries just once on CaringBridge and then include a link to their GoFundMe through their “Ways to Help” page on 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 CaringBridge 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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When you’re going through a health journey, you have a lot on your plate. CaringBridge replaces the time-consuming task of sharing your health news over and over. It’s a free, easy to use online journal for sharing health information with your family and friends. 

Don’t go through your health journey alone.

You can stay connected to friends and family, plan and coordinate meals, and experience love from any distance.

All of this is ready for you when you start your personal CaringBridge site, which is completely free of charge, ad-free, private and secure. Don’t spend another minute alone!

  • Christina S Dunn

    I was in car wreck 2 yes 7 months ago I can’t walk unless I have walker can’t use my arms and hands I have made it to where I can use one finger to use my phone my butt hurts so bad because road rash has took my whole but

  • Jacques Paraskevas

    Can you help a lady pay for her kidney transplant? To pay the hospital directly not the lady

  • Jacques Paraskevas

    Can you help a lady to pay her transplant hospital bill?

  • Jonathan Garcia

    My wife and I are about to lose our apartment and we cannot afford our basic living expenses. We don’t know many people nor really have friends outside of just the two of us so it would help if anyone could help us.

  • Gina Burns

    All of this sounds great but almost too good to be true. I definitely need more information ASAP and HELP. Can someone please direct me as to how I may get this set up ASAP. I’m caring for my best friend who’s a Hospice patient and very ill. To keep her out of a nursing home I promised her I’d quit my job as a truck driver and take care of her because she had no one else and she didn’t want to die in a nursing home as she’s only 58. I took a menial job at home so I could devote all of my time possible to her care. I’m struggling to make sure bills are paid and that she has everything she needs as Medicaid just doesn’t pay much of anything and doesn’t draw but disability only. PLEASE ANY HELP IS BETTER THAN NO HELP!!!!!!!

    Thank you,
    Gina Anderson

  • Heather Leyland

    Hi, my name is Heather and I am a single mom raising twins one who has special needs PVL/CP, I spend my life at work and home taking care of him.
    Unfortunately, my bank account got hacked and someone stole all my money. Left me with 16.00. I am in search of any help with my bills and trying to have the twins Birthday party in a week! I have a go fund me, but everyone I know isn’t helping me! I don’t know what else to do but try all my options! Please help us!

  • A Friend

    My friend is in dire straits, suffering from PTSD, extreme debilitating anxiety and a host of physical ailments. He has lost three jobs due to his disorder over the past year. This gentleman is a veteran, a good person and a great friend, who has exhausted all avenues and may soon be homeless. He now has a job, but is going to need some help before his full wages kick in. Any help would be appreciated.

  • Beverly Powrll

    Hi, Is this a Christian organization. Does health journey include depression? Thank you Beverly

  • Miranda Macellaro

    My dad was diagnosed with Covid pneumonia last week. He’s on a ventilator. I’d like to start a go fund me for him while he’s in the hospital. The GoFund donations would go towards groceries for him so I can no prep. It would also help keep his electricity and his phone going.