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John Ritter Foundation Selected to Be a Charity Partner of the 2013 ING NYC Marathon

Posted on Monday, April 22nd, 2013, by with Comments Off

The John Ritter Foundation (JRF) announced it was selected as an official charity of the ING New York City Marathon to take place on Sunday, November 3, 2013.  What a great opportunity to increase awareness of thoracic aortic disease, as well as raise funds to support education and research!

JRF is currently recruiting runners to join Team Ritter.  For more information or to sponsor the team, please read the announcement on the JRF website.

If you are not a runner but would like to support Team Ritter, click here.  Donations to JRF can also be made through the JRF website.

Congratulations, John Ritter Foundation!!

Research on Bicuspid Aortic Valves at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2013, by with Comments Off

Research on the genetics of bicuspid aortic valves (BAVs) is underway at the John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).  Led by Dr. Siddharth Prakash, the research team aims to determine the mechanisms and cardiac complications of BAV disease.

If you have questions or are interested in participating, more information is available here or by contacting the Study Coordinator, Josephine Turner (  Patients can refer themselves for the study; it is not necessary to be referred by a physician.

Paint & Sip for a Cause on April 13, 2013 in Saratoga Springs, NY

Posted on Saturday, April 6th, 2013, by with Comments Off

This is your chance to paint your own masterpiece and raise money to support efforts to increase awareness and genetic research on thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections.  How cool is that?

This event will honor the memory of Cliff Klein and the positive impact he had on many people’s lives.  We thank Sarah Jurica for organizing this and for her support of the John Ritter Foundation.

Date:  Saturday, April 13, 2013

Time:  4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location:  Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio, 80 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, NY  12866

Click here to register:

Survivors of Aortic Dissection Group Meeting Scheduled in Ann Arbor, Michigan on April 22, 2013

Posted on Friday, April 5th, 2013, by with Comments Off

It can be difficult to find others to talk to who understand what an aortic dissection survivor has been through.  The John Ritter Research Program is pleased to pass along this information about a group meeting that one survivor has organized in Michigan.  Here are the details:

Chris Kasper ( has organized a support and informational group meeting for survivors of aortic dissection, their families, and their caregivers to take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Monday, April 22, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern time.  The meeting will be held at:

University of Michigan

EAA Health & Geriatrics Center

Room B1-407

4260 Plymouth Rd.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

There are three buildings which make up this “campus”.  The building where the meeting will be held is the one in the center.  When you enter the building, take the elevator to level B1.  Exit straight out of the elevator and go through a set of double doors to the left of Java city.  The conference room is B1-407 and will be on the right side of the hallway across from the patio.  Please contact Chris directly at with any questions.  

A subsequent meeting is being planned for July 22, 2013 in the same location.  Chris is hoping to make this a quarterly event.

Thank you, Chris, for sharing this information with us and for providing survivors with an opportunity to meet and talk!




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