Hiram College

In a nice example of one hand washing the other, the KEN Heart Foundation is presenting Hiram College with a defibrillator and wall cabinet in exchange for five Hiram students volunteering at the North Coast Run for Hearts on September 19, 2010. The students will help with the event, beginning at 8 a.m. at Recreation Park in Geneva-on-the-Lake.

Schools and youth-serving organizations can make annual applications for defibrillators through the KEN Heart Foundation; defibrillators are awarded in exchange for volunteer service. Catherine Schoenewald, nursing instructor, says tentative plans are to locate the new defibrillator in the dining hall where it will also be easily accessible from East Hall and the Townhouses.

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, go here.

For more information on the KEN Heart Foundation, click here.