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!
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:
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/
The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health is excited to announce an online gallery of original artwork created by John Ritter’s family and friends: http://fromtheheartgallery.com/home.html. Amy Yasbeck’s sister, Ann Reece, is one of the featured artists.
Twenty percent of the sale proceeds will go to the John Ritter Foundation to support education on aortic disease and research on the genetic basis of thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections.
If you would like to be considered as a featured artist, please contact the gallery through its website: http://fromtheheartgallery.com/contact.html.
The John Ritter Foundation is a collaborative partner of the John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases. We thank the Foundation for providing financial support for our research on the genetic basis of thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections.
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…)
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!!
The 2nd annual ADLER PADDLER will be held this Saturday, March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) at 9:00 a.m. in Long Beach, California. The event is being held in memory of Steve Adler and to raise awareness for aortic disease, the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health, and the Thoracic Aortic Disease Coalition. Funds raised will benefit the John Ritter Foundation.
If you enjoy stand up paddling or prone paddling or just want to have fun supporting a worthy cause, come on out!
WHERE: Belmont Shores, Long Beach, California
WHAT: A FREE 2.8 mile Stand Up Paddle & Prone Paddle Race/ Fun Paddle around Naples Island
Sources for more information:
Event poster: 2nd Annual Adler Paddler
The community really turned out to support the Gutierrez family for this event. Local businesses sold products and food, offered wellness checks and flu shots, and sponsored fun activities for kids. The Blood Alliance was there accepting blood donations, and the fire department was on hand with fire engines, including a pink engine supporting breast cancer awareness and signed by hundreds of people. A local helicopter emergency service got a lot of attention when it flew in and landed nearby for people to view. There was an honor guard, a children’s choir, a live band, and a luminary ceremony. A silent auction was also held. All proceeds benefited the Sofia Alejandra Gutierrez Brain Aneurysm Research Fund at the John Ritter Research Program at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston.
Thank you, Monica and Omar Gutierrez, for planning and organizing this event, for your support of the research being done on intracranial aneurysms at the John Ritter Research Program, and for your tireless commitment to increasing public awareness that some individuals may be predisposed to these aneurysms based on their family history.
The Sofia Gutierrez Brain Aneurysm Awareness Fund Raiser Event is being held Friday, November 11, in Fleming Island, Florida to raise money for research the John Ritter Research Program is doing on the genetics of cerebral aneurysms. Here is the very touching story of the Gutierrez family’s motivation to find answers: Family warns parents about condition that killed daughter.
If you’re in the Fleming Island area and looking for something fun for the family to do, come on out! Click here for details.