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: https://www.saratogapaintandsip.com/calendar/john-ritter-foundation-fundraiser/
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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 email@example.com 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!
The 3rd annual ADLER PADDLER will be held this Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. at Leeway Beach in Long Beach, California. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. The event is being held to remember Steve Adler and to raise funds and increase awareness for aortic disease, the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health, and the Thoracic Aortic Disease Coalition.
If you enjoy stand up paddling or prone paddling or just want to have fun supporting a worthy cause, come on out! Boards will be available to rent on a first come, first served basis.
Space has been rented at the US Sailing Center, and there will be shelter and bathrooms this year…so the weather is bound to be perfect now that there is a back-up plan!
WHERE: Belmont Shores, Long Beach Ca. (5437 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach)
WHAT: A FREE 2.8 or 5.6 mile SUP & Prone Paddle Board Race around Naples Island (option to do one or two laps this year) & a “FUN” paddle for those who just want to get in the spirit and celebrate Steve Adler!
Sources for more information:
Video from 1st Annual Adler Paddler: http://paddlewithpurpose.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/adler-paddler/
Dianna M. Milewicz, MD, PhD, Director of the John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases and holder of the President George H.W. Bush Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, will be honored on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by BioHouston at its Fourth Annual Lunch Celebrating Women in Science.
To be held at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston, TX, the luncheon also will honor Dr. Lydia Kavraki, Rice University; Dr. Renu Khator, University of Houston; and Sara Ortwein, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company.
The four will be celebrated for demonstrating “extraordinary leadership in science and technology.”
The mission of BioHouston is to “create an environment that will stimulate technology transfer and research commercialization, thereby generating economic wealth for the Houston region and making it a global competitor in life science commercialization.”
Registration deadline is Friday, November 9 at 3:00 p.m. Central time.
Congratulations, Dr. Milewicz!
The second annual Sofia Gutierrez Brain Aneurysm Awareness Fund Raiser Event will be held from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, at the Orange Park Mall in Orange Park, Florida (20 miles south of Jacksonville). Here is the very touching story of the Gutierrez family’s motivation to find answers about cerebral aneurysms: Family warns parents about condition that killed daughter.
The event will benefit the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health, and all funds raised will go to the Sofia Alejandra Gutierrez Brain Aneurysm Research Fund to support research the John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases (JRRP) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is doing on the genetics of cerebral aneurysms. The Director of the JRRP, Dianna M. Milewicz, MD, PhD, will attend and be available to answer questions about the genetics of cerebral and other vascular aneurysms.
The event will feature the Clay County Fire Department, Shands Hospital Trauma One Helicopter, bounce houses, live entertainment, silent auction, door prizes, vendors, and much more.
If you’re in the Orange Park area and looking for something fun for the family to do, come on out!
Team Ritter to Run the 2012 ING New York City Marathon to Increase Awareness of Aortic Disease and Raise Funds for Research
Actor Tyler Ritter; Watkins Little, the “Ridiculously Photogenic Guy;” thoracic aortic disease survivors and an aortic surgeon will be among the 15 Team Ritter runners dedicated to raising money 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. To donate, visit Edward Norton’s Crowdrise online fundraising community: http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamRitterNYCMarathon2012/fundraiser/johnritterfoundation.
Read the press release here: http://www.uthouston.edu/media/story.htm?id=6dae1471-9736-49a6-bd12-d51bdb74c517
Meet the runners of Team Ritter: (more…)
Thanks to a cousin’s warning that thoracic aortic disease ran in their family, Houstonian Pat Arthur discovered that he carried a genetic defect that could cause his aorta to dissect and rupture with little or no warning. He also learned that this particular defect resulted in an aggressive form of the disease and the growing aneurysm spotted with a scan needed to be surgically corrected sooner than later.
It was life-saving information.
Now a new clinic devoted to integrated care for aortic disease is able to merge personalized genetic information with clinical care at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). (more…)
Doctor Radio is going to focus on aortic dissection this Friday, May 25, 2012. The program airs on Sirius XM from 6:00 – 8:00 a.m. Eastern time. Two NYU surgeons will be interviewed, followed by National Marfan Foundation President and CEO Carolyn Levering (at 7:00 a.m.), and then Dr. Dianna Milewicz, professor and director of the John Ritter Research Program at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and Amy Yasback, founder of the John Ritter Foundation (at 7:30 a.m.). Set your alarm and tune in! http://www.siriusxm.com/doctorradio
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.
Congratulations, John Ritter Foundation!!
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 http://www.robincraigdirect.com/ 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 Stickam.com (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.