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Want a free heart and health electrocardiogram (ECG) screening? You’re in luck.

The Daniel E Rumph II Foundation has partnered with Youth Heart Watch at CHOP to host an event for free screenings.

The event for free heart and health ECG screenings will take place this Saturday, July 30th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at Daniel E. Rumph II Recreation Center, 100 E. Johnson St, Philadelphia PA, 19144.

The Daniel E Rumph II Foundation was created in honor of Danny Rumph who was 21 years old at the time of his death. He was the starting point guard at Western Kentucky University and had everything going for him. Sadly, he went to play basketball at his local recreational center on Mother’s Day and never returned. He had collapsed after a pickup game, and at the time he did not realize that he suffered from a heart disease called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.

His death highlighted multiple layers of a greater problem:

  • No one at the gym was CPR trained.
  • No AED was onsite.
  • Paramedics took 30 minutes to arrive.
  • No EKG or ECG was provided during any physical exams.

The Daniel E. Rumph II Foundation was established on July 1, 2005, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to bring awareness to Sudden Cardiac Arrest and to provide screenings for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, the leading cause of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SAC) among young people. The organization aims to provide Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to communities across the state of Pennsylvania, along with CPR/AED Training to the public to save lives in honor of the memory of Danny Rumph.

Want to learn CPR? The Red Cross has a number of in person and online CPR courses available. They also offer courses in First Aid, Life Guarding, and even Baby-Sitting and Child Care. They’ll also come out to your office to teach a private CPR class for your employees and co-workers. Find more information on the classes offered by the Red Cross in your area HERE.

It’s also important (life-saving even) to know how to use an AED (automated external defibrillator). The Red Cross not only teaches classes on use of the device, but also offers competitively priced AED’s for sale on their website. Find them HERE, and always know where AED’s are located in your office buildings or the places you frequent. You never know if you might need it to save a life, and you would hope someone would know the best way to help save you in the event of an emergency.

Thanks to the Daniel E Rumph II Foundation for turning the tragedy of Danny’s death into an opportunity to educate others and possibly save lives in the process. See you on July 30th!

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