Share Your Heart with CaringBridge and Enter to Win 2 iPad Minis! #ShareYourHeart

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How do you share your love and support with friends and family? CaringBridge wants to know- in fact, they want to know so much that they’ve decided to ask you to Share Your Heart with them and by doing so, you will be entered to win not one but 2 iPad Mini’s so that you can keep in touch with those closest to your heart.  Anyone can enter- all you need to do is visit heart.CaringBridge.org, upload a photo, video or a simple 50 word description of how you share your heart with those you love and support.  Easy, peasy.  Submissions are accepted through March 1, 2013, so get going on your entry! CaringBridge is trying to bring awareness of their mission to life by showing and sharing all of the love, hope and compassion that this world offers.  I think it’s a pretty wonderful organization, myself- the contest just makes it cooler.  Voting goes through March 6th.  Entries can be shared on social networks and email so get your entries in and start to Share Your Heart!  Voting can be done once per day, per entry- so get your entry in and share, share share!!

 

I was introduced to CaringBridge when my friend’s infant daughter was diagnosed with a very rare liver cancer.  Kelly and Kurt quickly found CaringBridge (and I’m not sure how they found it), and were able to share updates, photos, requests for help, prayers and anything else with ALL of us who were so desperately wanting updates and to offer support.  CaringBridge is a free website that allows you to communicate when you or someone you love has health issues- it’s a great way to show your love and support and also for families to keep loved ones up to date.  I know that as Kelly and Kurt shared more of their journey with Jamie’s cancer treatment and progression, more and more love and support came to that page.  Within weeks, there were people around the world checking in on Jamie’s progress, her family, sharing the pain and sharing the hope.  It was an amazing thing to see what one tiny little baby could do to bring strangers together.  That’s what CaringBridge is about.

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About CaringBridge:

  • The mission of CaringBridge is to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier
  • CaringBridge offers many ways for people to care for each other during any type of health event and is for anyone to use. It’s available 24/7, free to use and accessible to anyone, anywhere
  • There is no advertising on CaringBridge. The organization is dedicated to families, not profits.
  • CaringBridge is a nonprofit and relies mainly on individual donors to fund its operations and does not sell users’ information. This approach allows CaringBridge to stay true to its mission while protecting users’ personal data

CaringBridge Sites:

  • CaringBridge Sites are personalized pages where you can post health updates to connect with family and friends and keep them informed during any type of health event
  • Your site is a safe place for you to share day-to-day thoughts and experiences
  • People are able to leave supportive messages and well-wishes, as well as stay informed on your progress, whether you’re recovering from surgery, living with a chronic illness, caring for an elderly parent and everything in-between
  • CaringBridge Sites are protected and respected environments
    • Users set their personal preferences
    • Multiple settings for privacy
    • Personal data is protected and not sold
    • No intrusive advertising


SupportPlanner:

  • The SupportPlanner is an online calendar that helps family and friends coordinate care and organize helpful tasks, like bringing a meal, offering rides, taking care of pets and other needs.

  • The tool came to life through requests from users for something to help them centralize support during a health event.

  • Only people a user invites to view the planner can access the calendar and sign up for a task, keeping the online conversations private.

 Get your entries in- and feel free to link to them in a comment- I’d love to see your stories and will be glad to vote for you!

This post is brought to you by our friends at CaringBridge. Opinions are my own.

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  • a really great way to share info and keep family updated

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  • I have known and followed people on CaringBridge. It’s a great way to keep friends and family updated on what is going on with an ill loved one.

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  • Cancer is such a difficult thing to handle at any age. It’s great to see organizations like this making a difference.

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  • I actually know about this group through a place I volunteer at. Nice post.

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  • Thanks for letting me know about this great site. I like what they are doing.

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  • I think this is a great organization that reaches out and gives hope to so many. I am so happy to read stories like these

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  • This sounds like a great program. Im sure it helps out a lot of families i need. Its always nice to be able to stay in touch with the ones who means the most. My Dad lives in Florida, and I worry about him being so far away, because of his age. It would be nice to be able to do this with him.

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  • Great program and thanks for the contest, too!

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  • aww! this is a great program. thanks for sharing and informing.

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  • Awe, this is absolutely wonderful. It really touched me to read this.

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  • This sounds wonderful and I wish it had been around when my grandma had cancer

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  • what a great site to keep friends and family up to date on whats going on when you are in such a situation

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  • If only everyone would take part in something like this! I love the idea!

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  • this is a great idea for cancer patients and there families

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  • What an amazing resource for families and friends to stay connected during a crisis.

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  • This is such a wonderful website! I have followed other journeys through this site, so when my goddaughter was diagnosed with leukemia in December and my best friend was overwhelmed trying to keep everyone updated (while they were still in the hospital). I told her about this site and asked her if she wanted me to start up a page for them, I would update it while they were in the hospital and then she could take over when they were settled back in at home. She loves how easy it is to keep family & friends up to date (they have a lot of family out of state) without having to call/text/email everyone individually when she is feeling overwhelmed or just having a rough day.

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  • Caring Bridge sounds like a great resource

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  • This is a great idea. I live with a chronic illness that keeps me very sick a lot of the time. I am going to check out this site right now!

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  • This is a wonderful resource for cancer patients and their families

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  • like that it can keep families up to date…without having to send individual e-mail updates

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  • My husband died two years ago from cancer and this is a wonderful supportive organization.

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  • great program an enjoyed reading about it

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  • What a great outreach website great information

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  • I’ve used this site many times to keep up on friends who are hospitalized……it’s a GREAT SITE & they provide such a valuable service!

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  • This is such a wonderful website and definitely makes lives easier when going through a rough time!

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  • This is the first I’ve heard of it and it seems many others already knew about it and have followed. Glad you let us know about this

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  • Sadly, I have known and followed too many people on CaringBridge. The website is a Godsend. It helped me stay updated on how things were going, so when I saw my loved ones, I didn’t have to have them constantly update me on their status – we could discuss other things in life and not have our conversations dominated by illness. It’s nice to sometimes be able to carry on “normal” conversations with people when the majority of your discussions revolve around the illness. I am so thankful for the CaringBridge site, although I hope I will not need it again for a long time!

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  • I love CaringBridge.com . It was a great way for me to keep in contact with a friend who had cancer without feeling like you were bothering her when she was going through a hard time.

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  • This site is amazing. I’m a nurse and we use it to support our patients thru their cancer battle

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  • I first heard of Caring Bridge when a friend of mine had a baby daughter who was on the site because she had a heart condition and a heart transplant, unfortunately she died. Now a friend of mine from the Air Force Academy who was in a terrible skiing accident is on there and I am following her progress on the site. It is a wonderful site to keep in touch with the progress of loved ones.

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  • this is an awesome contest and idea. i will definitely enter.

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  • My best friend died from lung cancer this spring. Caring Bridge was a great way for us to keep in touch with friends and family throughout her illness. It has also been a way for me to keep in touch with three other friends – one children with a brain tumor, one child with epilepsy, and one for another adult friend with lung and bone cancer. It is a wonderful website and organization.

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    • It truly is. I’m sorry about your friend’s death. Hugs to you

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  • Caring Bridge is a great organization.

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  • CaringBridge is sucha great organization.

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  • my daughter-in-law is recovering from several health issues, in a nearby facility. now, i can help share information she wants to get out on this site. thankyou.

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    • I hope her recovery is smooth Peg

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  • This site is helpful for parents and kids.

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  • This is a wonderful site. My sister and I used it when our mother was ill. Family and friends appreciated the updates and we didn’t have to use up valuable time calling and emailing people.

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  • What a wonderful way to share information and keep family updated

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  • This is a great site. I had a friend whose nephew was in the hospital with severe injuries and this is how we were all able to keep up to date.

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  • I wish this site was around 21 years ago when we lost our Emilee. We had a week of a phone tree with updates… this would have been a better use of our time.

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  • Oh my goodness the support planner sounds great. What a helpful feature. Thanks for sharing!

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  • I’m here for entry into the contest.

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  • Awesome!!! :)

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  • I have a coworker whose daughter has a page there. Praying for her recovery!

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    • It’s an amazing service, isn’t it? Truly a gift for families and friends.

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  • From what I have read it sounds like a very helpful site. I have several friends that have children that are sick or disabled and will pass the information along!

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  • Very nice web-site and Caring Bridge is just a wonderful web-site!

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  • I totally support Caringbridge.

    They were a lifeline to me and my daughter as she was dying. I still have her beautiful page – although it’s difficult to go back and read it.

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  • CaringBridge is a wonderful organization. They have been a blessing to several families we know.

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  • What a lovely website!

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  • Seems like a very helpful site. I thank the lord that that my kids are healthy, but it would be a wonderful resource for anyone caring for an ill loved one. Will def. pass this information along if I know anyone that could use it.

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