Actor Tyler Ritter will be one of 15 individuals running to raise money and increase awarenesss of thoracic aortic disease for the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health (JRF) at the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 4, 2012. Funds from the NYC Marathon raised for the JRF will go to the John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases (JRRP) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) to support research to identify genetic risks for aortic dissections.
Tyler Ritter grew up in Los Angeles with dreams of becoming either a baseball player or an actor, or, ideally, an actor playing a baseball player. Unfortunately, neither choice encouraged all that much running, so participating in a marathon seemed only possible if he were taking pictures from the sidelines and handing out water. Nevertheless, he has discovered a passion in raising awareness for thoracic aortic disease that has motivated him to take on this physical challenge. Ritter lost his father to this disease in 2003. Knowing that the aortic dissection that caused his father’s death was by no means a rare occurrence, Ritter has joined Team Ritter to run in the ING New York City Marathon in order to spread awareness and research, which he hopes will ultimately help in effectively diagnosing and treating the condition at its earliest stages.
Text RITTERTR to 41444 to donate $10 (or specify a different amount in the text message) to the JRF and support Tyler’s run. Or donate online through Crowdrise: http://www.crowdrise.com/tylerritter.
Read the full press release here.Deborah Mann Lake, UTHealth Media Relations Media Hotline: 713-500-3030 http://www.ingnycmarathon.org/ http://www.nyrr.org/