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John Ritter Foundation Selected to Be a Charity Partner of the 2014 TCS NYC Marathon

Posted on Monday, March 10th, 2014, by with Comments Off

The John Ritter Foundation (JRF) announced it was selected as an official charity of the TCS New York City Marathon to take place on Sunday, November 2, 2014.  What a great opportunity to increase awareness of thoracic aortic disease, as well as raise funds to support education and research!

The 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 in another way, please send an email to info@JohnRitterFoundation.org.  Donations to JRF can also be made through the JRF website.

Congratulations, John Ritter Foundation!!


The 2013 Team Ritter ING NYC Marathon Team

Posted on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013, by with Comments Off

On November 3, twenty-two Team Ritter runners ran the ING NYC Marathon on behalf of the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health and earned Finisher medals.  Although this was not the first time some of the runners had completed a marathon, it may have been the most meaningful for them.  Why?  Because this race was only one milestone among many during their journey to the marathon.

Over the last five months, Team Ritter’s 2013 ING New York City Marathon running team has informed hundreds of people about thoracic aortic disease by sharing their stories at health fairs, during media interviews, at fundraising events, and by talking to anyone who would listen.  To date, they have raised over $114,000 so we can inform and educate the public and medical professionals about thoracic aortic disease, provide support to individuals and families affected by aortic disease, and fund research.  And they have done all this while training for a marathon!

We are very proud of this team.  Please join us in congratulating Team Ritter on a job well done!

 

2013 Team Ritter - ING NYC Marathon with Amy Yasbeck, Stella, and Jason Ritter

2013 Team Ritter – ING NYC Marathon with Amy Yasbeck, Stella, and Jason Ritter


 
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Team Ritter NYC Marathon runners raise aortic disease awareness, funds

Posted on Saturday, October 19th, 2013, by with Comments Off

HOUSTON – (Oct. 9, 2013) – Friends and family members of people with thoracic aortic disease and fans of the late legendary comedic actor John Ritter will come together as Team Ritter to raise funds for the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health (JRF) at the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 3, 2013.

“We are so proud and grateful to again be one of the official charities of this year’s NYC Marathon and have the opportunity to raise much-needed funds for lifesaving research and education,” said actress, writer and aortic health advocate Amy Yasbeck, the widow of Ritter, who died from an acute aortic dissection in 2003. “Team Ritter runners are passionate about increasing awareness of aortic dissection and its risk factors and are committed to raising funds to support the JRF.”

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. To donate, visit Edward Norton’s Crowdrise online fundraising community: www.crowdrise.com/TeamRitterINGNYCMarathon2013.

“The funds raised by Team Ritter will allow us to continue our genetic research to identify genes or altered DNA that increases someone’s risk for an acute aortic dissection. By identifying who is at risk, we can prevent premature deaths due to aortic dissections,” said Dianna Milewicz, M.D., Ph.D., director of UTHealth’s John Ritter Research Program. “It will also help us spread information to both physicians and the public about symptoms and genetic risk factors for aortic dissections, including the fact that this condition can run in families.” Milewicz is professor and George H. W. Bush Chair in Cardiovascular Research in the Division of Medical Genetics at the UTHealth Medical School.
Fundraising Websites – Crowdrise
Read more and meet the team:

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Survivors of Aortic Dissection Support Group Meetings Scheduled in Ridgewood, New Jersey in October and December 2013

Posted on Tuesday, August 13th, 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 information about future group meetings that a Nurse Practitioner has organized in New Jersey.  (more…)


Team Ritter Mom-Daughter Pair Selling Non-slip Headbands to Raise Money for the John Ritter Foundation

Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013, by with Comments Off

UPDATE 9/11/13: THE HEADBANDS ARE SOLD OUT! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. Donations to support Beth and Aubrey’s efforts can be made through their Crowdrise fundraising page: http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamRitterINGNYCMarathon2013/fundraiser/aubreypollesch.

Beth Hook and Aubrey Pollesch are a mother and daughter teamed up to run the 2013 ING NYC Marathon on The John Ritter Foundation’s Team Ritter.  They have a great story to tell and are full of innovative ideas for raising funds to reach and exceed their $3,000 fundraising goal.  To support their cause, Beth’s other daughter, Allie, is making non-slip headbands and selling them for donations.  Please read the story Aubrey wrote about why Team Ritter is so important to their family and please consider ordering a headband (or two or four or more):

What if your knowledge could save someone’s life?

My mom and I are honored to be chosen as representatives of Team Ritter!  And, we are honored to use our love and passion for running to raise money for a cause dear to our hearts.  We would love nothing more than to raise further awareness about aortic health.  Why? Because the knowledge we had saved my dad’s life twice.  And, we would love to help save more lives.  (more…)


The John Ritter Foundation Introduces the Team Ritter 2013 ING NYC Marathon Team

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

The John Ritter Foundation (JRF) is proud to have been selected as an official charity of the ING New York City Marathon for the second year in a row.  The marathon traditionally takes place on the first Sunday in November and this year will be held on Sunday, November 3, 2013.  This is an amazing opportunity to increase awareness of thoracic aortic disease, as well as raise funds to support education and research.

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 identify genes or altered DNA that increases someone’s risk for an acute aortic dissection.  The funds will also be used to provide support, information, and resources to individuals diagnosed with thoracic aortic aneurysms/dissections and their families and for aortic disease awareness and education activities.

The team is very enthusiastic and motivated to help the JRF and JRRP in our work together to prevent deaths due to acute aortic dissection.  Please read their stories and show your support by making a donation to one or more of the runners by visiting Edward Norton’s Crowdrise online fundraising community:  http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamRitterINGNYCMarathon2013.

 

 

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Aortic Disease Support Group Meeting Scheduled in Ann Arbor, Michigan on July 22, 2013

Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2013, by with Comments Off

It can be difficult to find others to talk to who understand what aortic disease is like.  The John Ritter Research Program is pleased to pass along information about a support group meeting organized by a survivor of aortic dissection in Michigan.  Everyone that has been affected by aortic disease is welcome to attend and support each other.  Here are the details: (more…)


Survivors of Aortic Dissection Support Group Meeting Scheduled in Ridgewood, New Jersey, on June 11, 2013

Posted on Wednesday, June 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 information about a group meeting that a Nurse Practitioner has organized in New Jersey.  Here are the details:

A support group meeting for survivors of aortic dissection is scheduled to take place in in Ridgewood, NJ at The Valley Hospital on Tuesday, June 11 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Eastern time.

For more information or to see how you can be involved, please contact Andrea Storper, NP, at 201-447-8418 or storan@valleyhealth.com.


A Yummy Way to Help Raise Funds for the John Ritter Foundation

Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013, by with Comments Off

Now you can make and eat tantalizing treats and raise money to support the John Ritter Foundation (JRF) all at the same time! (more…)


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!!


 


 

 

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