Cleveland Browns’ cornerback Denzel Ward's heart health foundation, Make Them Know Your Name (MTKYN), is stepping up during the month of February while CPR awareness and education is at the forefront of the public mind following the Damar Hamlin sudden cardiac arrest situation.
On February 7th, Denzel joined his mother Nicole and brother PJ (Directors of the MTKYN Foundation) at the American Heart Association ‘Go Red for Women’ event. The family joined a handful of Cleveland ‘Superstars’ and Dr Medhi Shishehbor, Director of University Hospitals Harrington Heart and Vascular Center- on stage to teach hands-only CPR to the 600+ people in attendance.
On February 14th, MTKYN will be doing a CPR training for approximately 40 children that are part of the S.H.I.N.E. Girls & S.H.I.N.E Boys mentorship program. The program, created by Danita Harris – WEWS News5 anchor and Emmy-Award Winning journalist, provides an outlet for children to focus on their individual needs, to understand how risk factors have shaped their development and to address issues that arise in their relationships with others. Josh Cribbs, 10 year NFL veteran, television host and motivational speakers – oversees the young men in the program and will be in attendance with Danita for the MTKYN presentation and CPR demonstration. For more information on the S.H.I.N.E. organization, visit www.shine-now.org.
The MTKYN Foundation continues to address the heart disease epidemic and issues of healthcare inequity by providing resources and education to Cleveland and surrounding areas. One of the events that helps to fund their initiatives is the Cleveland All-Star Fitness Expo and Comedy Bash. The 2nd annual event will take place at First Energy Stadium on March 11th.
The high energy event features a morning slate of workout classes by guest instructors, vendor tables throughout the venue, celebrity guest visits including Denzel Ward, and an opportunity for FREE blood pressure screenings and CPR and AED hands on demonstrations. The night evening features a comedy show that will give attendees a dose of the best medicine – LAUGHTER!
ABOUT MAKE THEM KNOW YOUR NAME FOUNDATION:
Make Them Know Your Name (MTKYN) is a heart health foundation propelled by individuals and organizations willing to act to positively impact the heart disease epidemic. Denzel Ward and his family experienced first-hand the unexpected loss of their patriarch, Paul G. Ward Jr., to cardiac arrest while he participated in a spin class. He was 46 years old. His premature death left behind a purpose and a legacy to carry on.
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