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John Ritter Foundation Selected to Be a Charity of the 2012 ING NYC Marathon

Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012, by with Comments Off

The John Ritter Foundation (JRF) announced it was selected as an official charity of the 2012 ING New York City Marathon to take place on Sunday, November 4, 2012.  What a great opportunity to increase awareness of thoracic aortic disease, as well as raise funds to support education and research!

Watkins “Zeddie” Little (Ridiculously Photogenic Guy) shared the good news during his interview on Good Morning America (GMA) this a.m.  Watkins will also run the marathon with Team Ritter.  Check out Watkins’ GMA interview here.

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.  Team members will be announced on May 1, 2012.

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!!

Dr. Dianna Milewicz and Amy Yasbeck to Be Interviewed on Robin Craig LIVE

Posted on Friday, April 6th, 2012, by with Comments Off

On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, Dr. Dianna Milewicz and Amy Yasbeck will be phone guests on Robin Craig LIVE at 9:00 p.m. Central time (7:00 p.m. Pacific / 10:00 p.m. Eastern). They will discuss thoracic aortic dissection, the John Ritter Research Program, the John Ritter Foundation, and more. To watch the show, log on to and click the “TV Show” tab. The show airs in lieu of the photo montage above the chat room. If you log on early, hit “Refresh” until the show is live. Viewers will be able to join the conversation via a live interactive chat room.

Robin Craig LIVE is a weekly live web TV show that broadcasts on (viewers only need a computer and Internet access to watch). This show, in its third year of production, is produced and hosted by Robin Craig, a 3-time Emmy Award-Winning TV Producer. It airs at 9:00 p.m. Central time (7:00 p.m. Pacific / 10:00 p.m. Eastern) on Tuesday evenings. Robin was widowed in 2005 and this show, while covering an array of topics, is geared to help the widowed and grieving.

Memoir Describes Triumph Over Aortic Disease

Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2011, by with Comments Off

Barefoot in November tells the story of Benjamin Carey’s triumph over the diagnosis and surgical repair of an aortic aneurysm, culminating in his completion of the New York Marathon one year later.  Amy Yasbeck says the book is “touching and inspiring”.

The Dallas Morning News Runs Story on Aortic Disease Awareness

Posted on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011, by with Comments Off

The Dallas Morning News interviewed Amy Yasbeck and Dr. Dianna Milewicz to help get the word out that aortic disease isn’t a “death sentence.”  The awareness created by Amy’s efforts and new research is helping to save lives.  Just ask Aaron Roberts, a man who survived aortic dissection.

Amy Yasbeck & Dianna Milewicz Discuss the JRRP

Posted on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010, by with Comments Off

Amy Yasbeck and Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD appeared on Fox News on Tuesday, December 7th in Houston, TX to discuss the John Ritter Research Program and Amy’s new memoir, With Love and Laughter, John Ritter.

Aortic Awareness in the Houston Area

Posted on Wednesday, December 1st, 2010, by with (1) Comment

If you live in or around the great city of Houston:
Actress, writer and aortic health advocate Amy Yasbeck will appear at Brazos Bookstore (2421 Bissonnet) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, to talk about her new memoir, With Love and Laughter, John Ritter (Simon & Schuster, 2010).

Earlier this year, Yasbeck established the John Ritter Research Program ( ) in Aortic and Vascular Diseases (JRRP) at UTHealth.

Aortic Awareness on CBS “The Talk”

Posted on Monday, November 29th, 2010, by with Comments Off

Aortic health advocate, actress, and widow of the late John Ritter, Amy Yasbeck, appeared on CBS’s “The Talk” to discuss her book, With Love and Laughter, John Ritter, and the importance of raising awareness of aortic disease. Watch the interview here:–amy-yasbeck-interview?tag=;thumb;18

Amy Yasbeck on the Rachael Ray Show

Posted on Monday, October 4th, 2010, by with Comments Off

Tune in on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 to see Amy Yasbeck, founder of the John Ritter Foundation, discuss her recent book and the research that we’re doing here at the John Ritter Research Program! Check your local listings and tell your friends… it’s time to spread aortic disease awareness!

Aortic Awareness on the Joy Behar Show

Posted on Friday, September 17th, 2010, by with (1) Comment

Remembering John Ritter – The Joy Behar Show

Remembering John Ritter – The Joy Behar Show

Amy Yasbeck spoke with Joy Behar on “The Joy Behar Show” about her new book, aortic awareness, and the new collaboration between UTHealth and The John Ritter Foundation.

Aortic Awareness on “The View”

Posted on Thursday, September 16th, 2010, by with No Comments

Amy Yasbeck shared stories on "The View"

Actress, author, and aortic health advocate Amy Yasbeck shared stories from her new book and the importance of aortic awareness on “The View”, September 14, 2010. Amy shares with the co-hosts and the audiences the hereditary nature of aortic aneurysms and dissections and encourages people to be aware of their family history.

Watch the full episode of “The View” here.




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