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Ventura County woman named one of CNN's Top Ten Heroes for 2021

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Soaring Spirits founder Michele Neff Hernandez being interviewed by CNN for her "CNN Heroes" honors.

In running for $100,000 prize for her non-profit which helps those who are widowed.

A Ventura County woman who started a unique non-profit to help widowed people is going to be honored in a CNN special this December.

Michele Neff Hernandez of Simi Valley is the founder of Soaring Spirits International. After she unexpectedly lost her husband, she saw the need for a support network for newly widowed people, and created the organization.

In August, CNN told her story as part of its “CNN Heroes” series, highlighting people make a difference in the world. The network just announced that she’s one of CNN’s Top 10 heroes for 2021.

All ten will be features in a live show December 12th in New York City. Viewers will decide who is number one, with the winner receiving $100,000 for their non-profit.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.