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For Kimberly Wright, CaringBridge was the lifeline her family needed after her father, Tom Ess, was diagnosed with colon cancer.
How CaringBridge Helped
CaringBridge assisted Tom’s family in two ways.
First, his family was able to quickly and easily get updates out to family and friends. According to Kimberly, without CaringBridge her mom and dad would never have been able to physically and emotionally communicate everything that was happening.
Second, the CaringBridge Guestbook comments gave Tom the encouragement, motivation and hope he needed to continue his cancer journey. Kimberly says, “CaringBridge allowed both my parents to feel the love of others when they needed it most during this very difficult trial.”
Tom beat all the odds and lived for three years after his initial diagnosis. After his funeral, Tom’s family found great comfort in those that continued to leave supportive and loving comments on his CaringBridge website.
Raising Awareness Worldwide
After Tom’s passing, Kimberly wanted to spread the word about CaringBridge around the globe. To raise awareness, Kimberly and her daughter Haley decided to walk the Camino de Santiago, wearing CaringBridge shirts each day.
The Camino de Santiago is a 500 mile trail that begins in the French Pyrenees and ends at Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. People from all over the world come to walk the grueling Camino path for a variety of reasons including outdoor exploration, exercise, and spiritual and religious pilgrimage.
The Most Rewarding Part
For Kimberly and Hailey, the most rewarding part of their journey was meeting people from every corner of the globe and chatting to them about CaringBridge. As they encountered people from South Africa, Australia, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Argentina, England, the United States and many other countries, they told everyone about the benefits of using Caringbridge.
Nearly everyone they met had never heard of CaringBridge. According to Kimberly, once they were told about CaringBridge, many replied that they had a friend or family member that could use it. Additionally, people were impressed that creating a personal website was available to anyone, anywhere at no cost.
Kimberly says, “Hopefully, through our efforts spreading the word, many more people from all over the world will be able to experience the healing and hope that CaringBridge provides to those who are in the midst of a challenging journey.”
All the best,
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Thanks to the compassion and generosity of our donors and volunteers, CaringBridge connects and serves millions of people each year.
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