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.

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."

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Thanks to those attending the Hope For Hearts Benefit in NYC Feb. 28
Hope For Hearts' "Raise A Glass" benefit wine mixer at NYC's Vinatta Project on Tuesday, Feb. 28 was a great success. Hosted by Veronica De La Cruz, the event benefited those in need of heart transplants.
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Transplant supporters packed Hope For Hearts Foundation's "Switch" charity event on June 12th at NYC's Grotto Restaurant. A strong gathering of the Big Apple’s most dynamic industries, along with event sponsors Cellar Angels and VeeV, braved the rain to help the Eric De La Cruz Hope For Hearts Foundation pay health insurance premiums for heart transplant patient Colby Salerno. Read more here.


Hope For Hearts Foundation founder Veronica De La Cruz was quoted in a recent article in the Henderson Press about Las Vegas heart transplant candidate Sean Semon. Read the entire article here.


Facebook has partnered with Donate Life to help encourage its 900 million users to register for organ donation. The Hope For Hearts Foundation encourages you to commit to becoming an organ donor, too. And now it's never been easier to share your decision. For more on how, read about Donate Life's partnership with Facebook here.


The Hope For Hearts Foundation will host a special mixer on April 30th from 6-9pm at NYC's 121 Fulton Street. The event will celebrate April as National Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness Month by signing up attendees as organ donors and while offering raffle prizes and drink specials at FiDi's First Gastropub. To learn more about the event and get your $20 ticket, click here.


Hope For Hearts founder Veronica De La Cruz will appear on Las Vegas' FOX5 News this morning around 9:45 with Henderson Heart Transplant candidate Sean Semon to get the word out about tonight's event, A Gift for Eric's Birthday, as well as letting everyone know that April is National Donate Life Month. Read more about the event and get your redemption flyer here.

TV Newser was among several media websites to cover the Foundation's Feb 28th "Raise A Glass" Benefit Wine Mixer, highlighting the event's success and impressive turnout. TV Newser covers the world of television news and journalism and the coverage provides welcome exposure that helps the Foundation's efforts to raise awareness and funds for transplant paitents. Read more here.

Nearly 150 guests attended the Foundation's Feb 28th "Raise A Glass" Benefit Wine Mixer, helping to raise nearly $8,000 for heart transplant patients. Held at The Vinatta Project in New York City, the event drew supporters from a variety of industries and featured an incredible silent auction. Read more here.

Hope For Hearts has announced some of the amazing silent auction items and special guests that will be at the Foundation's Feb 28th "Raise A Glass" Benefit Wine Mixer. Included among the silent auction items are a trip to Thailand, a gift certificate towards a flight on a charter jet, signed memorabilia from the Yankees, and studio tours at NBC. Read more here.

The Foundation's upcoming "Raise A Glass" benefit wine mixer appeared in msnbc's online news blog today and you can read the post right here. The event is scheduled for 6pm-9pm on February 28 at NYC's Vinatta Project and proceeds go to help transplant patients who need assistance.

The Eric De La Cruz Hope For Hearts Foundation is delighted to host a benefit wine mixer at NYC's Vinatta Project on the evening of February 28, 2012. A donation of $50 is requested for admission, with proceeds going to help transplant patients such as Sean Semon and Colby Salerno. Attendees can sgn up by clicking here or read more on the press release.

The Hope For Hearts Foundation is proud to announce the support of Cellar Angels, an online wine buying club who will be donating a portion of sales to the Foundation. Based in Chicago, Cellar Angels allows members to purchase great wines at affordable prices while supporting the charity of their choice. Read more about the partnership here.

The Eric De La Cruz Hope For Hearts Foundation is observing February as American Heart Month by publishing a "Tip-A-Day" for heart health. The tips are being posted on the Foundation's Facebook and Twitter pages, and founder Veronica De La Cruz has taped two MSNBC public service announcements (here and here) sponsored by Campbell's Soup. Read our press release on Heart Health Month here.

The Eric De La Cruz Hope For Hearts Foundation is wishing Las Vegas resident and heart transplant candidate Sean Semon, a happy birthday by pledging additional funds toward his medical expenses. To read more about Sean and his battle to cover a transplant that his insurance company wouldn't, read our press release here.

Veronica De La Cruz shares her thoughts on the one-year anniversary of health care reform on MSNBC news. Click above to view the video, then read Veronica's blog on HCR's birthday on the Huffington Post.

The Hope For Hearts Foundation pledges its support for Sean Semon, a young man in Las Vegas in need of a heart transplant. Denied by insurers and in urgent need of potentially expensive medical care, the Foundation has announced plans to provide financial support to the Semon family.


The Hope For Hearts Foundation recognized the one year anniversary of Eric De La Cruz's passing in Las Vegas. Thanks to all of those who have supported Eric and his family during this time of remembrance.

This One Is On Us, a fan-produced documentary made during Nine Inch Nails farewell tour, will be donated to the Eric De La Cruz Hope For Hearts Foundation. read more

Veronica De La Cruz celebrated Eric's birthday with the launch of the Eric De La Cruz Hope For Hearts Foundation in Las Vegas. Harry Reid recgnized the effort with a special certificate. read more

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