We’re all used to the viral nature of the Internet. Usually we associate it with a “viral video”, some fixture on YouTube that either moves the heart or the funny bone. Every now and then the Net goes viral in a more meaningful way.
Such is the case today as CNN journalist Veronica De La Cruz takes her desperate case to the Internet and more specifically to Twitter. Her 27 year old brother, Eric will die soon if he does not receive a heart transplant. He is encountering all of the obstacles that this richest country on the face of the Earth can throw at him: government red tape that keeps him off the transplant list and an insurance company that won’t pay for pre-existing conditions. His case is a dead-on-target text book case for why we need health care reform in this country. He cannot afford to wait until President Barack Obama does something about it. He needs help now. And for those who think having a celebrity sister does you much good, think again. The call to help has gone out on Twitter and is spreading like wildfire.
So, I’m stepping away from politics for this moment to ask my readers for help. If you can donate even a dollar towards Eric’s care, please do so. If you can write to Harry Reid and tell him to get moving, please do so. You can do both of these things here.
And you know what? Now that I think of it, I’m NOT going to step away from politics. We’ve seen the political activism of the Tea Parties. Let’s turn some of that activism toward getting the less fortunate among us the help they need. We live in an age where we CAN make a difference. Harry Reid’s got thousands of e-mails pouring into his office right now to intervene on behalf of this young man’s life. If we stand up and act on behalf of all the Eric’s in this country, we can make a change.
It’s up to you whether you want to sit around and gripe about your punching bag of the moment, whether it be Dick Cheney, Barack Obama or Nancy Pelosi or whether you want to make positive change in peoples lives.
Today, decide to make a difference this one time!