As we close the books on our successful Holiday Campaign, I have been thinking a lot about 20 years ago—June 1997—when I started CaringBridge. One act of building a website for two people during a health crisis.
And here we are today! In 2016, nearly 33 million people visited CaringBridge at least once to support a friend or family member on a health journey.
You Are CaringBridge
But it still comes down to You making the Mission and impact of CaringBridge come alive, by amplifying the love, hope and compassion in this world making each health journey easier.
As you have experienced, CaringBridge provides a special and unique space for people whose lives have been turned on a dime, and to the community that is there for them. This safe and positive space is becoming rare, as other online sites become more diluted and crowded.
But CaringBridge is able to stay true to its Mission because it thrives on the powerful impact of giving actions. From the giving action of posting a CaringBridge Journal and leaving a Well Wish to donating to ensure CaringBridge is always available, always free to use, and continuously improving, this service exists because of your support.
What Does CaringBridge Mean to You
During the Holiday Campaign, we asked a number of CaringBridge users to describe what the service means to them. Even though the appeal is concluded—my heartfelt thanks to everyone who was able to make a gift—I wanted to share with you a short video of responses to our fill-in-the-blank question of “CaringBridge is ____”
Thank you again for your emotional, practical and financial support in a service that offers love, hope and compassion when it’s needed the most. I look forward to the next 20 years of being a first place to turn after diagnosis, illness, injury, premature birth or any health crisis.
P.S. When I think about what CaringBridge means to me, it is Y-O-U!