Sona Mehring, founder and CEO of Eagan-based CaringBridge, will release a book in August featuring first-hand narratives from CaringBridge users.
 
CaringBridge offers websites where people dealing with major health issues can communicate with friends and family. 
 
The new book, titled Hope Conquers All, details CaringBridge’s history and also chronicles personal accounts of health issues, including cancer and strokes. Mehring founded the nonprofit in 1997 after two friends asked her to inform family members and friends of the progress being made by their premature baby. Mehring created a website where family and friends could post journal entries and send encouraging messages to the parents.
 
CaringBridge’s reach quickly grew—46 million individuals worldwide used the network in 2012. The organization reported $8.8 million in 2012 revenue, of which 94.8 percent came through contributions.  Today, CaringBridge employs 65, all of whom are based in Minnesota.
 
The book release follows what has been an eventful year for Mehring. In April, Mehring announced plans to step down as CaringBridge CEO and run for Congress, but three weeks later, she exited the race and returned to the organization she founded.
 
Mehring said in a statement that she hopes the book provides insight into the work CaringBridge does.
 
“Not a day goes by that I don’t feel blessed to know that the work I do brings comfort, love, and strength to others in their hour of need,” she said. “I have always enjoyed working with people and technology, but the opportunity to work at something that so powerfully and positively impacts people’s lives takes me from ‘enjoyment’ to ‘joyous.’”
 
Hope Conquers All is being published by Center Street and Hachette Book Group.

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