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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  • This is such a wonderful and thoughtful idea.

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  • this sounds like a wonderful way to be keep informed, help others, monitor progress and it makes it easier for family and friends to keep in contact.

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  • what a wonderful comany such a great service

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  • Great organization

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  • I have never heard of this organization, we currently donate to the local Ronald Mcdonald house and love sharing our success with others. You never know when you will need the love in return!

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  • What a fantastic organization… wish I had known about it awhile back when a friend of mine had to put her Mama into Hospice care. Thanks for the post!

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  • What a great organization I had not heard of them before. This sounds like a great way to keep everyone in the loop when you have a health situation with a family member.

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  • What a great way to spread awareness i love post like these

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  • what a lovely idea to help people get together for mutual support

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  • awwwe very good post thanks a bunch, i love the site its cool

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  • It is always good to help others

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  • CaringBridge is a great resource for families when they need it most.

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  • What a wonderful way to give support to those who need it!

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  • A great idea to get involved and help others!
    Jamie

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  • I love this idea of a website where you can share what you are going through.

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  • thank you for sharing this. I have never heard of Caringbridge before today. My aunt was recently diagnosed with a rare form of Kidney cancer aganin thank youo

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  • so sweet!

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  • Nice way to show support.

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  • this is a wonderful way to give support to those who need it.

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  • I”ve never heard of this. It’s a good site, but the contest ended already :(. Sounds like a good support system for families :)

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  • Awww. This is so beautiful and I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before. I know someone who I definitely want to share this information with. Thanks! :,)

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  • I have followed quite a few friends who have been going through things and used caringbridge. It’s a great site!

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  • I love CaringBridge. I have a friend living all the way on the opposite coast of the United States from me experiencing a devastating health situation, and this site enables me to support her through this difficult time.

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  • I love Caring Bridge! I remember a friend using it extensively when she was hospitalized during weeks of pre-term labor prior to her twins’ arrival (and when they were born quite early, she continued to use Caring Bridge to update their status as they were treated in the NICU). Wonderful tool for both keeping everyone informed AND for supporting loved ones during difficult times.

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  • A bunch of my friends and I used Caring Bridge when another friend was going thru chemo and it helped organize trips to the doctors and home visits.

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  • I love CaringBridge – it’s perfect for those situations when you know the person well enough to be concerned, but not well enough to be in their family loop.

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