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Meet Alana Cecchi of Team Ritter

Posted on Sunday, October 28th, 2012, by with Comments Off

Alana Cecchi 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. 

Meet Alana: 

During her training, genetic counselor Alana Cecchi quickly learned the value of informing patients and their family members about the underlying genetic causes of many diseases and how important is it to be aware of family history. Now a counselor with the John Ritter Research Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), she is on the front line of working with families whose members have been affected by thoracic aortic disease. “I have been fortunate enough to meet with many patients and families affected by aortic and other vascular diseases and to hear both the triumphs and struggles they have endured, said Cecchi, who is with the Division of Medical Genetics at UTHealth. “Increasing awareness and early diagnosis has saved lives, which is why I have decided to contribute to furthering research in the area of aortic aneurysms and dissections by running the NYC Marathon as part of Team Ritter to raise both money and public awareness for aortic disease.”

Text RITTERAC to 41444 to donate $10 (or specify a different amount in the text message) to JRF to support Alana’s run. Or donate online:

Read the full press release here.

Deborah Mann Lake, UTHealth Media Relations
Media Hotline: 713-500-3030




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