UMGCCC is an official sponsor of CaringBridge, an online service developed to help patients and their families stay connected with loved ones during medical treatment.

In minutes, families can easily create a secure CaringBridge web page. They can then sign-in at any time to post journal entries and photographs for their friends and family members. Visitors who are provided the website address and password can read updates and post their own messages of support, love, and encouragement for the family.

Here is how the free service works:

  • An individual visits to create a secure, personal website in a few minutes
  • The patient or family member writes journal entries for their circle of family and friends to read
  • Friends and loved ones can then send messages of encouragement and support in a guestbook for the patient and family to read

The personal site is private and only those with the site address may visit.

CaringBridge is offered through the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center through a generous gift from Susan and Mark Kolman. For more information about how to create your own patient web page, visit or contact Mariellen Synan at