Our Mission

We at Pass It Down believe that every person has a story to tell and a legacy worth preserving. We believe the greatest loss is a story that's not told. Stories are our lifeline to previous and future generations. Don't let the memories- the stories- pass you by. Pass them down.

"People are hungry for stories. It’s part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too. It goes from one generation to another."
— Studs Terkel

Why I Created Pass It Down


In 1980, my mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 23. By 49, my mom had lost her short-term memory, and her long-term memory and ability to communicate were disappearing quickly. In 2010, I was sitting in a nursing home by mom’s side thinking how much there was that I wanted to know about her. Big things, little things, just the stories of her life. What was her favorite movie? What advice would she want to pass down to me? That day, I began sketching out an application that could capture someone’s life and their stories.

Ultimately, I created Pass It Down because I believe that everyone has stories and memories worth telling and preserving. I hope Pass It Down will make it possible for everyone to capture the stories of their loved ones and hold on to those forever. I’m not a dad yet, but someday my kids will be able to meet my grandparents and hear them tell their stories because of Pass It Down. I’m proud of that.


Chris Cummings
Pass It Down Founder