Sunday June 21, 2009

Trent Reznor receives government recognition for helping Eric de la Cruz

Two weeks ago, I was alternating between kayaking down the Schuylkill River and spending the night in a little pop-up tent, when my addiction got the best of me and I turned on my iPhone to check my mail - finding an email from Mike Caplice that went a little like this:
This past weekend at the NY show, I presented Trent with proclamations from the US House of Representatives (three Congressman in total), the US Senate, the NYS Governor, the NYS Senate, the NYS Comptroller and the Suffolk County Legislature. These proclamations were in honor of the generous work done by Trent and the entire NIN Community to help #Eric. You can see a picture of the presentation as well as pictures of the procs/citations themselves at my twitpic account.

I wanted the entire NIN community to see that their efforts have been recognized by all levels of government. I'm an 18-year fan of the band who has two parents with cancer, and have seen just how flawed the US Healthcare system is. I thought this was a really special moment for all of us who have seen the band and the community evolve over the years into a really positive and powerful force.

This was before iPhone 3.0 came out though, so without copy and paste, posting that to the Hotline would have probably used up what little battery life I had left on my phone. I've been home a little over a week now, and Mike's gotten back to me with footage of Trent's receiving of all these proclamations.

You can check up on Eric's status through his sister Veronica's Twitter account, or via WeLoveEric.com - and sign up to be an organ donor, if you haven't already. I've had "organ donor" on my driver's license for as long as I've had a license.