TV Guide reporter Veronica De La Cruz will speak tonight at 6 o’clock on how the current health care system failed her brother Eric. Eric De La Cruz died while waiting for a heart transplant that was denied and delayed because he could not get insurance due to a pre-existing condition. Despite five years of desperate attempts by his courageous mother and sister and a remarkable social media campaign that attracted thousands of supporters from all over the world and nearly a million dollars to pay his uncovered medical expenses, Eric passed away on July 4th, 2009.
Forty-four thousand Americans die each year due to lack of health insurance.
Tonight, Veronica tells her brother’s story at a vigil in Times Square New York. The event comes at a critical time in the fight for Health Care Reform.
The permit doesn’t allow open flames, but flashlights and led lights are encouraged.