On Friday, November 12, The K.E.N (Kids Endangered Now) Heart Foundation awarded Hiram its fifth automated external defibrillator (AED). The K.E.N Heart Foundation awards AED machines each year to schools and organizations who demonstrate their willingness to volunteer within a community.
This year Hiram students Laila Almassri ’14, West Ferguson ’14 and Hannah Mirzakhani ’11, together with Academic Dean Cheryl Torsney, her husband Eric Hansmann and Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations Christine Kohls-Hunder volunteered at the K.E.N. Heart Foundation’s Run for Hearts on September 19 and Professor Mary Quade ran the 5K circuit along Lake Erie at Geneva State Park.
In addition to already having AED machines installed in the Coleman Athletic Center, Kennedy Center and Teachout-Price, the new AED machine will be installed in East Hall so that it is easily accessible for those students, faculty, visitors and staff located on the Northeastern part of campus.
According to its web site, KEN (Kids Endangered Now) Heart Foundation is devoted to educating schools, athletes and the community about sudden cardiac arrest and death in young people and implementing prevention efforts. The organization was founded by Mark and Linette Derminer, whose 17-year-old son Ken suffered a cardiac arrest from an undiagnosed heart condition and died while at football practice.
For more information about the North Coast Run for Hearts, click here
For more information on the KEN Heart Foundation, click here