About Us

The DERII Foundation was established on July 1, 2005, to bring awareness to Sudden Cardiac Arrest and to provide screening for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, the leading cause of Sudden Cardiac Arrest among young people. We also aim to provide Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to community Recreation Centers across the state, along with CPR/AED Training to the public.

Our CPR/AED training program is helping spread the word about the importance of knowing how to administer CPR and how to use an AED in emergencies.

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The Daniel E. Rumph Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and provide screening for Hypertrophy Cardiomyopathy in order to prevent sudden cardiac arrest among young people.


To provide automated defibrillators to our community recreational facilities in hopes to increase the chance of survival for those who may experience sudden cardiac arrest.

How can I stay up to date?

We are on social media! Follow us on Instagram, TwitterYouTube and Facebook. Please also sign up for our mailing list to receive news and event announcements.

What is Cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy literally means “heart muscle disease” (myo= muscle, pathy= disease). It is the deterioration of the function of the myocardium (i.e., the actual heart muscle) for any reason. People with cardiomyopathy are often at risk of arrhythmia and/or Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Click here to learn more.

How can I help?

It is our mission is to raise awareness and provide screening for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Funding is the lifeline of our organization and we depend entirely upon the generosity of contributors to fund our many initiatives. There are several options for individuals, corporations and groups to aid in our mission and vision. Click here to contribute now.

Board of Directors

Executive Board

Marcus Owens, President/Executive Director
Steven Holt, Director of Data Services
Stephanie Blakeney, Director of Administration
Paul Jordan, Director of Community Education
Michael Morak, Director of Events
Crystal Seemy, Executive Assistant
Bernice Owens, Treasurer

Click here for a full list of board members.


View our present and past sponsors here. If you or your organization is interested in sponsorship, please click here to contact us!


Tanay D. Smith: Freshman, Delaware State Univ

Tanay D. Smith
Congratulations to our 2013 scholarship recipient! Tanay is a freshman at Delaware State University.

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Daniel E. Rumph II

Daniel “Danny” E. Rumph II
“You were given to us on July 15, 1983 and taken from us May 8, 2005 and you will live forever in our heart and souls.”