This Huber Heights mom inspired Lizzo to give to health care workers all around the nation

“I just sit back and watch the girls. They are living their dreams and what more can a mom want,”  Dayton-area ultrasound technician says of Lizzo and her daughter, DJ Sophia Eris.

Health care workers around the nation are hearing from family members and friends.

Early last week, Virginia Mack, an ultrasound technician at Sugarcreek Health Center, a service of Grandview Medical Center, heard from an internationally known recording artist with multiple Grammys under her "Good as Hell" belt.

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“Lizzo reached out to me and said, ‘What can I do? Do you guys need gloves? Do you guys need masks?’,” Mack said. “She sent me this beautiful bouquet (of flowers).”

It should come as no surprise that Lizzo reached out.

Mack, who began working for Kettering Health Network after retiring from the Air Force, considers the singer another daughter.

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Her biological daughter, Wayne High School grad Lauren  Alford, is a longtime Lizzo collaborator who deejays for the singer under her stage name Sophia Eris.

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Lizzo, Melissa Viviane Jefferson by birth, met the artist known as Sophia Eris in Minneapolis in 2008, Mack said.

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The young women were in the Twin Cities act The Chalice together, along with The Larva Ink. 

The feelings Mack has for Lizzo are mutual based on a message the 2020 NAACP Image Award for Entertainer of the Year sent Mack and her co-workers Sunday.

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“Hey y'all. It's Lizzo and I just wanted to shout out the Sugarcreek Health Center. You guys are so near and dear to my heart because, you know, one of my best friend's mom and one of my favorite people, Virginia Mack, works there,” Lizzo said in the message shared with this news organization. 

Mack and her husband, Michael, raised their four children in Huber Heights after being stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

She said Lizzo strives to make the world better through her music and by helping other people.

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“Lizzo is generous in her heart. She takes care of family, so I am not surprised she is doing what she is doing,” Mack said.

A basket of goodies followed the flowers that Mack received a week ago, which she shared with her co-workers.

“It was huge,” Mack said of the basket that came with a message thanking medical workers. “It had fruit, nuts and cheese, apple sauce ... It just went on and on and on.”

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Sunday, Mack received the video message from Lizzo to her and the entire staff.

Since then, Lizzo has recorded messages and sent lunch for staffers at Grandview and hospitals all around the nation.

Lizzo has  shared some of the photos she received from health care workers with Mack.

“She sent me a text saying ‘look what you started’,” Mack said. “I don’t feel like I did anything extra. She is the one.”

Lizzo’s positive music and outlook inspire so many, Mack said.

“People flock to her,” Mack said. “I just sit back and watch the girls. They are living their dreams and what more can a mom want.”

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