Each month, CaringBridge recognizes a caregiver or family that exemplifies our mission to amplify love, hope and compassion in the world. This month, we honor Ruth Z.
When Ruth’s son Tyler underwent surgery for a recently discovered brain tumor, CaringBridge.org became a resource she depended on daily to share news about his health journey.
“I was sitting in the waiting room and began reading a brochure about CaringBridge. Before I’d even finished reading it, I opened my computer and started creating a site,” Ruth remembers. “I instantly recognized that this was a superior way to communicate. I could relay all the information in one place and everyone could be responsible for how often they kept in touch. What a load off my shoulders!”
CaringBridge was more than just an outlet where Ruth and her husband, Mike, could send updates about their son and his surgery. As responses to the Journal poured in, Ruth’s site also became a consistent reminder of how much family and friends cared about their well-being.
“During our stay at the hospital right after Tyler’s surgery, Mike and I would check our CaringBridge site hourly,” Ruth says. “The words of encouragement were like Christmas presents. Opening the Guestbook to find love, encouragement, humor and support was truly a gift.”
Visitors to Ruth’s site were able to share their love and hope for a speedy recovery in the Guestbook, ensuring that their family knew they weren’t without support.
“CaringBridge helped us create a personal community that helped us through our trials so we didn’t face any step alone. It spanned the world — reaching everyone who cared. I’m so glad CaringBridge found us.”
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