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Meet Lelia Parma of Team Ritter

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

Lelia Parma 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 Lelia: 

Lelia Parma was born in Argentina and from an early age loved performing musical theater. She worked professionally in Buenos Aires for six years before deciding to study theater-directing full time. In late 2007, she met Tyler Ritter and through his father’s story, she learned about aortic dissection for the first time. After they married, she found out that her grandfather was suffering from the same condition. Thanks to the advanced practices of his doctors and his family’s awareness of this problem, her grandfather’s quality of life has been greatly enhanced. Parma is proud to run for those affected with thoracic aortic disease around the world and continue to shed light on aortic disease. 

Text RITTERLP to 41444 to donate $10 (or specify a different amount in the text message) to the JRF and support Lelia’s run. Or donate online through Crowdrise:

Read the full press release here.

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




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