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July 29, 2014, 4:45 am

Weekend initiatives aimed at healing hearts

Healing the physical and the emotional heart is the focus of two local initiatives this weekend.

First, the Daniel E. Rumph Foundation will be partnering with Youth Heart Watch to host its first free heart screening. This will take place at the Hank Gathers Recreation Center, 2501 Diamond St. in North Philadelphia on July 28 starting at 9 a.m.

Registration forms are available at the Daniel E. Rumph (DER II) Playground (formerly Mallory) at 100-70 E. Johnson St. in Germantown from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The foundation was founded by Viola Owens and Marcus Owens, the mother and aunt, respectively, of 21-year old Danny Rumph, who died of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) at a local recreation center while playing basketball on May 8, 2005.

“I am very excited about the work that the foundation is doing for young athletes in the tri-state area,” said Vanette Jordan of West Oak Lane, a new board member to DER II. “The foundation was created to educate communities about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and other heart diseases that cause SCA in youth athletes. They provide free heart screenings to children who play sports between the ages of 5 and 19.”

The foundation hopes to screen 250 young athletes this Saturday. Children from the surrounding North and Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods are also welcome to participate. For more information visit http:deriifoundation.org/.

Secondly, this weekend’s “Women’s Healing & Empowerment Workshop” or WHEW will focus on healing the heart and then reaching for one’s dreams. Hosted by “SISy’s Here” nonprofit service project, this event is the brainchild of Syreeta Martin of Mount Airy. The event will be held on July 27 at 1901 N. Judson St. at 7 p.m.

“WHEW was conceived with the belief that impoverished women’s best chances of succeeding in attaining their goals for love, education, career, family, spirituality and heart health are best achieve when working together,” Martin said. “(We want) their communities to support one another. It is ultimately a strong support system that will affect the fulfillment of her dreams.

“So with this event we seek to support the evolution of this woman,” Martin said. “We are providing workshops, cultural exposure activities, referral services and mentorship as she attempts to balance her responsibilities.”

One of the workshops will be “Lookin’ Like a Bag of Money…on a Penny Budget.” This will focus on ways to stretch one’s financial resources to dress in a way that enhances self-esteem. Wardrobe stylist Shana Lynn will be on hand to replicate and tailor the latest fashion trends on a shoestring budget.

To respond visit the Sincerely Syreeta Facebook page or visit Twitter @SincerelyReeta by including #SiSy&Me. All those who respond will automatically be entered to win a $75 shopping spree to Buffalo Exchange with Lynn. One can also arrive 10 minutes before the event starts to enter the contest.