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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Health, Health Support, Public & Societal Benefit, Youth Development

Mission: To make parents, students, school boards and state officials aware of the risks of undetected heart defects which can cause injury or death while playing sports and to change regulations that are in place to make it safer for school athletics.

Programs: To make parents, students, school boards and state officials aware of the risks of undetected heart defects which can cause injury or death while playing sports and to change regulations that are in place to make it safer for school athletics.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Ken Heart Foundation is a great organization and I am proud to be a part of..The goals that this group has set and work so hard at accomplishing is great..The community is benefiting and will continue to do so as many more join us in our efforts to protect the hearts of our youth.Its unfortunately sad when it takes a tragedy to bring something good to life..

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a board member and volunteer of the KEN HEART Foundation I am proud of what we are accomplishing. After 10 years of creating community support, placing AED's in schools, and raising awareness this organization is going strong. The organization is not just raising awareness but providing valuable tools and education within our community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The KEN Heart Foundation is committed to serve our community and make necessary changes in the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) health crisis that is taking young lives. Our programs provide support and strengthen young individuals, families, and the community to respond appropriately to cardiac emergencies. Collaborations between our organization, area businesses, health care professionals and community volunteers provide a larger network for visibility and resources to increase life saving efforts within the community. Our volunteers spend time attending community events to inspire others to take a proactive approach in prevention efforts. Raising awareness and educating the public, about warning signs and risk factors of SCA Defibrillation placement and CPR/AED Training are the best possible response that the public can provide for secondary prevention of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). The KEN Heart Foundation partnered with University Hospitals Memorial Hospital of Geneva to provide CPR/Defibrillator (AED) training to local school students. We provide defibrillation grants to schools and youth serving organizations. They can apply for a defibrillator donation one time a year. In return, we ask volunteers from the school or organization to assist us as a volunteer with one of our programs or fundraisers. We will provide Cardiac screening to school age children by the end of 2010. There currently is not a process that would allow for non invasive tests that to find risk factors for undiagnosed heart conditions or other conditions that can cause Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Providing tests called EKG's and Echo Cardiograms have proven to be beneficial in the reduction of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)in young athletes in other countries where they are provided. KEN Heart is involved in statistics & research The statistics regarding sudden cardiac arrest in young people vary greatly based on reporting mechanisms and criteria. Currently, there is not a national mandatory reporting system to investigate cases of Sudden Cardiac Arrest in youths. Without this, conflicting reports and statistics are slowing down the process in prevention efforts. We believe a national registry would eliminate conflicts, show the true extent of SCA in youth, validate funding for the prevention efforts of SCA and increase overall survival rates. The issue is greatly minimized when the data only represents some athletes affected. This does not represent the true extent of sudden cardiac death (SCD) amongst all athletes, much less all youth. Most youth participate in some form of sports however, not all youth that suffer a SCA during a sporting event. Some athletes affected are at non athletic events in class, at home or sleeping, these cases are not accounted for in the current data reported. In 2000, The KEN Heart Foundation developed a database of suspected sudden cardiac arrest and deaths of young people from a collection of online articles and family reporting. Criteria are children and young adults under the age of 25, athlete's that are semi pro and pro. We report approximately 150-250 cases annually. Donations to KEN Heart go directly into funding our programs.