Thursday, March 21, 2013

3.21.13 Hero of the Day: Veronica De La Cruz

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Name: Veronica De La Cruz
Age: 32
Occupation: NBC News anchor/reporter
Last Seen: New York City, NY
Awarded For: being given a new role in life

This past week was one of the happiest in Veronica De La Cruz's life.

Not too shabby for somebody who had one of the worst years in her life just a few years ago.

Veronica first gained notoriety in the early 2000's as an anchor on CNN, often shooting stories on a Flip cam and editing them on her Mac. VDLC was very innovative with her stories and how she shot them. She also often chatted with her fans using Facebook and Twitter (and I've been one of them; when I told her on Twitter a few years ago about a shooting rampage here in Grand Rapids, she told me to stay safe).

But despite her work as a serious journalist who often worked for - and with - the people, VDLC's life turned upside down in 2008 when she received the news that her younger brother and budding musician, Eric needed a heart transplant to stay alive. However, because of a pre-existing condition, his insurance company refused to cover the cost of the life-saving transplant. So Veronica stepped into action and created a grassroots campaign to save Eric's life. One of the people who heard about the De La Cruz family's dilemma was Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, who helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to help Eric and others who needed the proper health insurance for the life-saving medicine they need.

Sadly, it was too little, too late. Eric De La Cruz died of heart failure in 2009 at the age of 27. Like many others who died at that youthful age who left their mark on music history - Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and so many others - Eric will be remembered for being a poster child for better healthcare for all Americans. And it was his older sis Veronica who spoke for him and eventually creating an organization in his memory: The Eric De La Cruz Hope For Hearts Foundation.

Since Eric's passing, Veronica's life has gotten a lot better. She now works for NBC News, often hosting their early morning news programs Early Today and First Look on cable sister MSNBC. And yes, the Affordable Health Care Act was passed, which she proudly supported.

But along with being a busy news anchor and president of a non-profit that helps those in need of good healthcare, Veronica has a new role: mother.

Last Wednesday, Veronica gave birth to a new baby boy. She announced her pregnancy a few months ago on Early Today while chatting with weather anchor Dylan Dreyer about food. VDLC responded that her baby loves Greek yogurt.

So far, Veronica and the new baby are doing fine. No word on who the babydaddy is.

We wish Ms. De La Cruz the best of luck and Mozel Tov.

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