Denzel Ward and his family’s Make Them Know Your Name (MTKYN) Foundation are supporting University Hospitals (UH) Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute with a $150,000 donation. The institute will use this generous donation to launch a community heart health education initiative.
Cleveland Browns cornerback Ward created MTKYN in memory of his father who died in 2016 from cardiac arrest. The foundation’s mission is to positively impact the epidemic of heart disease, in part by providing CPR training, AED equipment and resources, and community education to highlight the importance of a mode heart healthy lifestyle.
Nearly half a million Americans die each year from cardiac arrest, according to the American Heart Association. Cardiac arrest is fatal in nearly 90% of cases, but immediate CPR can double or triple the chances of survival.
“I know firsthand what it’s like to experience a loss due to a cardiac episode,” Ward said. “That’s why I’m so passionate about expanding outreach and education in this city that means so much to me, in hopes that we can expand our reach even further in the future.”
Ward and MTKYN are long-time supporters of the UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute. Ward was nominated as the Browns’ recipient of the 2021 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, and because of it had the opportunity to provide a fan with two tickets to the Super Bowl. He and MTKYN selected UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute patient Raheem Stanfield after hearing his story and how it fit perfectly with the mission of the foundation. Stanfield suffered a cardiac arrest in 2016 at the age of 25. A bystander saved his life by administering CPR.
“Partnering with UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute to care for the community makes perfect sense for us and our foundation,” said Nicole Ward, executive director of MTKYN and Denzel’s mother. “We are excited to see how this donation will have a positive impact, especially as we seek to focus on areas with a population of people of color.”
“Receiving this kind of support from Denzel and the Make Them Know Your Name Foundation means we can continue our mission to improve the health of all people in Northeast Ohio. Through education and awareness, we save lives,” said Mehdi Shishehbor, DO, MPH, PhD, president of the UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, and Angela and James Hambrick Chair in Innovation.
About University Hospitals / Cleveland, Ohio
Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of 23 hospitals (including 5 joint ventures), more than 50 health centers and outpatient facilities, and more than 200 medical practices in 16 northern counties. ‘Ohio. The system’s flagship quaternary care, University Medical Center, Cleveland Medical Center Teaching Hospitals, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, University of Oxford, and Technion Israel Institute of Technology. The main campus also includes UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, ranked among the nation’s top children’s hospitals; UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Ohio’s only women’s hospital; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the country, with more than 3,000 active clinical trials and ongoing research studies. UH Cleveland Medical Center is consistently among the top performers in national ranking surveys, including US News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals.” UH is also home to 19 clinical and research delivery institutes. UH is one of Northeast Ohio’s largest employers with over 30,000 employees. Follow UH on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.For more information, visit UHhospitals.org.
About letting them know your name:
Let Them Know Your Name (MTKYN) is a heart health foundation powered by individuals and organizations willing to take action to positively impact the epidemic of heart disease. Denzel Ward and his family experienced firsthand the unexpected loss of their patriarch, Paul G. Ward Jr., to cardiac arrest while attending spinning class. He was 46 years old. His untimely death left a purpose and a legacy to continue. MTKYN’s mission is to spread heart health resources, education and awareness and CPR/AED training within the Cleveland community and beyond. Visit MTKYN.org for more details.