In 2014, your compassion and support made a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands of families when they needed it most. One inspiring example is the story of Frank and Lisabeth, whose lives were turned upside down one cold, January night. Lisabeth woke to the news that her husband Frank, a police officer, had been in a car accident while on duty and was in a coma. As Frank began his long recovery and rehabilitation, Lisabeth had to learn to accept the support of others.
“I learned to say ‘yes’ when someone offered help, that my CaringBridge guestbook could be the best source of hope, prayers and love when I needed to take a break and just breathe. I didn’t need to carry this huge burden of sadness and fear alone.”
Thanks to you, 72,000 families like Frank and Lisabeth’s felt the loving support of a CaringBridge community to help lighten their loads. Our mission – to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier – would not be possible without the generous support of donors like you.
With your help, we achieved many milestones in 2014. We developed a three-year strategic plan that will enable us to strengthen support for our families for years to come. We began a partnership with Hallmark, which gives our communities more ways to express love and encouragement at a time when words may fail them. And, thanks to you, a new partnership with GoFundMe gives our communities a way to offer financial assistance when it is most needed.
Like our families, we are blessed with a community of passionate supporters who want to strengthen CaringBridge by volunteering their time and professional expertise. We took their suggestion and integrated the opportunity to volunteer for CaringBridge into our website, empowering even more people to donate their time and give back.
“Life can change in an instant,” Lisabeth reminds us, “but you don’t have to walk the path alone. Lean in and let others walk with you.” On behalf of our Board, Advisory Council and employees, we thank you for walking with us. Because of you, we can ensure that at any time, under any circumstances, those in need will feel strengthened by a loving community to help carry the load.
Sona Mehring Founder and CEO
Janice Aune 2013-2014 Board Chair