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.
Congratulations, John Ritter Foundation!!
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:
Show Your Support for Team Ritter and the John Ritter Foundation: Buy an Official Team Ritter Support Crew T-shirt!
The Team Ritter 2013 ING NYC Marathon runners are working very hard to increase awareness of aortic disease and raise funds for the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health‘s support and education activities, as well as research to identify the genes which predispose to thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections. AND they are doing all of this while they train for the marathon to be held on November 3, 2013 – whew!
The runners are selling Official Team Ritter “Support Crew” t-shirts designed by one of the team members. The shirts are a great way to not only show your support for everything the team is doing, but they are a wonderful way to start a conversation with someone about aortic aneurysms and dissections. In other words, use them as a tool to promote aortic disease awareness. (more…)
Team Ritter Mom-Daughter Pair Selling Non-slip Headbands to Raise Money for the John Ritter Foundation
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 (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.
Now you can make and eat tantalizing treats and raise money to support the John Ritter Foundation (JRF) all at the same time! (more…)
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.
Congratulations, John Ritter Foundation!!
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 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/