UPDATE: Voting ends today for CNN Heroes and border heroine Guadalupe Arizpe de la Vega is one of the ten finalists hoping to garner enough votes to take the title of CNN’s 2010 Hero of the Year. Many entertainers are expected to attend the all star tribute that will air on CNN Thanksgiving Day at 8:00 pm (est). The 33 Chilean miners have been invited to attend and have just landed in Los Angeles to begin a world-wind visit to the U.S. culminating in the CNN Hero’s tribute gala.
ORIGINAL STORY: Guadalupe Arizpe de la Vega, founder of the FEMAP foundation is one of the ten CNN Hero Award finalists. Guadalupe’s organization is addressing border health issues for those living along the border in poverty, amidst violence. FEMAP operates different clinics throughout El Paso, Texas and the Hospital de la Familia in Juarez, Mexico. Earlier this year with de la Vega’s guidance FEMAP built a new school serving over 500 border city children.
As a semi-finalist de la Vega received $10,000 that she will give toward a new nursing school she wants to see built. The El Paso, Texas native has been working on border health issues for 37 years.
This is the fourth year CNN hosts its Hero Awards. Finalists will be feted in New York and announced on Thanksgiving Day by CNN reporter Anderson Cooper. The top prize of $100,000 is given to the person chosen by on-line voters, therefore POR FAVOR vote for FEMAP and Guadalupe’s incredible work at CNN on-line.