Ken Derminer was a young man who had decided to be someone great. He knew he had to attend college to achieve his goal of being a doctor. His interest was the human genome. He thought a scholarship would be possible if he would get involved in a sport. He chose football. He felt with his best efforts that he would succeed.
After being cleared with a basic physical he joined a football training minicamp at school. He had a cardiac arrest from an undiagnosed heart condition and died while at football practice at the local high school on 6/7/00. He was 17 years old.
KEN (Kids Endangered Now) Heart Foundation was founded by Ken Derminer’s parents Mark and Linette, along with family and friends. The organization is devoted to educating schools, athletes and the community about sudden cardiac arrest and death in young people and implementing prevention efforts.