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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, 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

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

This is about people who have turned personal tragedy into saving the lives of others. NOTHING could be more heartfelt and honest. Ken would be proud.

KEN Heart Foundation

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently found an article on Facebook that talked about your son. My sister lived across from Geneva high school at the time. I grew up in Kingsville but was visiting with my sister (At the time I was living in Cincinnati and was a trauma nurse at an intercity hospital.)

We were leaving to go somewhere when I looked across the street and saw what looked like two people doing CPR. They were doing it so perfectly that my first thought was that they were having a drill of some sort. When I realized it was not a drill, I ran across the street to help the coaches and I too helped try to revive your son.

I am a mom of four boys myself so I thought you would want to know how hard those coaches and myself tried. They really were doing everything right and they were devastated. That was the only moment as a nurse I felt afraid and helpless.

I am do happy and proud that you have gone on to do great things in the name if your son.

I hope I have not upset you by contacting you. I had called the hospital later that day to find out the status, though as a nurse I was pretty sure I already knew the answer. I was terribly saddened to find that he had passed.

So as a mom, thank you for maybe making a difference in someone's life,

Kristy Dubsky
Strongsville, OH

Suzanne A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with founder Linette Derminer of KEN Heart Foundation, for over 6 years. Her guidance and mentorship has enabled us to successfully develop a non-profit foundation in Washington State. Linette's dedication and countless hours of service in memory of her son, Kenneth has without a doubt made a difference in how the medical community views youth heart health. KEN Heart's tireless ability to educate the public about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in youth and the need for a national SCA database, AED's in all public places, CPR and AED training and most recently youth heart screenings will change public policy. KEN Heart Foundation is a leader in the fight to prevent the devastating effects of SCA in young people and I'm grateful to partner in their efforts.



Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer, as well as a friend of the family who dedicates countless hours raising money to provide schools with difibrilaters! KEN (Kids Endangered Now) has worked very hard for years educating and providing schools and family's with items that could save lives! Linette Derminer has a ton of ambition and faith to reach out to others without her and the many family members/ friends helping her out with this non-profit orginasation KEN would not have reached out and touched as many people as they have! Over the years I have seen so many charities whom all work very hard, KEN in my eyes is truly one of the best family orginized team! I can't wait to see the lives that she will forever change in the up coming years!



Rating: 5

We approached KEN HEART FOUNDATION not once but twice to donate a defribrillator at Kingsville Area Little League. Both times, they came through for us and now our players, coaches, and spectators can feel safe knowing the equipment is in place to handle and emergency. They give so mush to the area to help and are as pleasant and courteous as can be.



Rating: 5

I met Linette and her husband after they hired our company to do some home improvements. I saw how dedicated they are in their foundation. Having a son that was born with congenital heart defects 21 years ago, I admire how they turned their personal loss into a way to reach out to others, and to help prevent the same tragedy from happening to another family.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The KEN Heart Foundation has been a leader in the reduction of fatalities in youth caused by Sudden Cardiac Arrest for many years. Their dedication and tireless efforts speak volumes. Any time I have needed information on Sudden Cardiac Arrest in youth as it applies to sport Linette has been an amazing resource.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I can not say enough about the courageous work being done by the Ken Heart Foundation. The founder, Linnette, was one of the first to reach out to me after the loss of my own son Jonathan. Our son too was living with an undetected heart syndrome whose first warning sign was sudden cardac arrest. Sudden Cardiac Arrest strikes children and youth across our nation everyday and Linette and the KHF were one of the first to start connecting the devasting losses of youth to undetected heart syndromes in a data base which has helped to raise the level of concern and awareness about SCA and youth nationally. With organization like KHF raising awareness, screening kids, and putting defibrillators where our children work and play the tradgies of SCA are reduced. Each time we prevent a death, we honor our own children.



Rating: 5

"I think this organization is outstanding and is well worth it. Since it was instilled in 2000 I have watched it grow over the years and will continue to help in anyway possible to see its continued growth. "KEN Heart is commited to saving childrens lives from a sudden cardiac arrest. THEY WORK DILLIGENTLY TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC AS TO THE WARNING SIGNS OF Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Linette truly understand the sadness a family goes thru from the loss of a child. By supporting KEN Heart, they are able to grow and continue to educate those that have the power to help save a childs life""



Rating: 5

I would like to nominate the Ken Heart Foundation because of all the wonderful things the foundation does for families and the community. My mother’s mission started on 6/7/2000 when her son collapsed on the football field during a mini camp. Her son (Kenneth) had an undetected heart defect and passed away that day. Through this tragedy she gathered strength and told her self that she would not let this happen to another family and Kenneth’s death would not be in vain. My mother (Linette Derminer) started doing her own research about heart defects and other families were coming out of the woodwork that the same incidences happed to them. She learned about AED's and how affective they are for revival of a cardiac arrest. She started her own heart foundation; kids endanger now (K.E.N). She hosts her own fundraisers in hopes to raise money so she can place AED’s in schools and athletic groups. One of the biggest highlights of the foundation was that she donated a difbulator to a YMCA and a man went in cardiac arrest and he was revived for that same AED. She is also involved in parent heart watch, which is an organization that helps consol other families who had lost a loved one from a heart defect. My mother deserves some recognition for her great efforts, and I think this would be a wonderful achievement for her. The KEN Heart Foundation is helping to train high school student how to be first responders in CPR and also raising money to give free heart screening to kids who can’t afford the screening.