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CaringBridge Founder Mehring Reveals Inspiration For World's Largest Support Network In New Book
Date:5/8/2013

Eagan, MN (PRWEB) May 08, 2013

The founder of the world’s largest online support network, CaringBridge, reveals the inspiration for the social tool was born from grief. In her new book Hope Conquers All (Center Street/Hachette Book Group, August 2013), Sona Mehring reveals the death of a newborn was the catalyst for the birth of her organization, CaringBridge, which enables people to share information online during any kind of health event, thus streamlining the efforts of communicating to multiple family members and friends.

“When that precious little girl lost her battle for life, I knew I couldn’t let the concept die along with Brighid,” writes Mehring. “To my surprise, dozens of people approached me to express their gratitude for keeping them informed and giving them the ability to directly support [parents] JoAnn and Darrin. I left feeling even more inspired, knowing that rolling out CaringBridge was no longer a choice but a calling.”

Begun seven years before Facebook, CaringBridge’s success proved the Internet could be a helpful tool for building online social communities. Now used every day to bring together more than half a million people, CaringBridge simplifies the sharing of information about a person’s health issue and amplifies the support and encouraging messages received with a user-friendly interface.

In addition to sharing information and inspiration, CaringBridge is also credited with improving health. Tom Ferguson, MD and founder of e-patients.net, believes, “An individual’s social network . . . has long been recognized as an important factor in maintaining health and managing disease more effectively.”

Hope Conquers All is an inspirational collection of stories from CaringBridge users. Wit
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