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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.