My mom was diagnosed with cancer and she lives in a very remote area and has few real-life friends. She read that cancer patients have better survival rates if they have a website/blog, so she found caringbridge. It has surpassed all of our expectations of a nonprofit organization. They helped with IT support when my mom decided she no longer wanted certain people accessing her site. It gave her something to do between treatments...she would journal and post plenty of pics of her progress, and family and friends from around the world would support her through the hardest times. I don't know how our family would have been able to get her updates and support her without this site. I would recommend it, hands down, above any other site for anyone having a significant life event. My mom said she would go back and read the posts from people and look at pics people sent her when she was feeling very weak and down. Normally there is always a catch with a good website but there really were no fees, ads, or anything like that. You just need to be aware that if you donate it goes to caringbridge, not to the individual who is using the site. Try it and you won't regret it. Thanks caringbridge- you helped me be by my mom's side when I couldn't do it physically.
this is a site that has great intentions but is now also just money hungry. my sister used this site when she was battling cancer. it was a great way for the family to keep in touch and up to date. sadly now just like everywhere else this is a NON-profit that is solely about profit for the people running it. Sonja Mehring created this website to help a friend in need, but has now in just the last few years given herself over $100,000 in raises. $180,000 a year to head a NON-profit is disgusting.
A friend of mine is suffering from cancer. While I don't get to see her to help support her in her struggle, this site is a great way to connect, offer support, and keep up to date on her progress, struggles, etc. When she is down, she can post to this site and then get encouragement from her friends and family. I love the potential this site has to really help everyone to get involved in the fight against cancer and other illness.
Review from Guidestar
This website asks for donations that go directly to the company. If you do not read it carefully you assume you are giving the money to your friends or family that is ill.
Another example of a company making money of people's charity.
Review from Guidestar
The design of the CaringBridge website is very deceiving. They make it LOOK like the "tribute donations" will go toward a particular family when, in fact, the donations go directly into their pocket!! On the top and the sides of the very personal and heartbreaking journal entries they have placed the DONATE buttons!! There are over 40 "tribute" donations to a particular family that I know and I will bet that a good percentage of those donations were intended for the FAMILY and NOT CaringBridge. What is worse, is the FACT that this has been an on-going complaint that CaringBridge refuses to correct!! I am clearly not the first person who has made a donation only to figure out later (after a second, closer look at the "Thank you" email), that I had been DUPED. Had I not looked closer at the email, it would have never occurred to me that CaringBridge pocketed my money. They were great about issuing a refund.
My sister had CaringBridge page last summer while she was in the hospital. It was a great way for her to keep in touch with friends and family. This site is a great idea, and we had a very good experience.