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The Eric De La Cruz Hope For Hearts Foundation has been formed to honor the memory of Eric De La Cruz and fulfill his wish that no heart transplant patient would ever again have to suffer because of a lack of insurance or the inability to pay for life-saving medical treatment. Officially formed in 2010, the Eric De La Cruz Hope for Hearts Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to assist in meeting the financial needs of heart transplant patients around the United States. The Foundation is based in California but seeks to assist heart transplant patients and their families throughout the country.
On July 4, 2009, Eric De La Cruz ran out of time waiting for a life-saving heart transplant. Founded by Eric’s sister, Veronica De La Cruz, the Hope For Hearts Foundation will provide financial assistance, educational resources, and advocacy for heart transplant patients and their families as they face the daunting task of getting a second chance at life. Eric’s struggle even inspired a grassroots campaign, led by his sister Veronica, to support real change in healthcare through "Eric’s Law."
How We Got Our Start:
Our founder, Veronica De La Cruz of KPIX 5, formerly of CNN, MSNBC, and NBC, has been a longtime champion of affordable healthcare, and her efforts to bring Eric's story to the public eye caught the attention of national news, celebrities, and lawmakers alike, including Trent Reznor, Demi Moore, and the Obama administration. Eric's story inspired the Affordable Care Act's preexisting clause, which ended healthcare coverage denial to patients with preexisting conditions. Today, through advocacy and fundraising efforts, we are able to help pediatric heart transplant patients and their families afford the costs of heart transplants, while also ensuring that no one is denied affordable healthcare because of preexisting conditions.