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Meet Catherine Quitania-Pool of Team Ritter

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

Cathy Quitania-Pool 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 Cathy: 

Tomball, Texas resident Catherine Quitania-Pool lost both her 62-year-old father and her 39-year-old sister to aneurysms. Her father’s abdominal aneurysm ruptured in 1997 during a camping trip. As a nurse who knew aneurysms often have a genetic basis, she encouraged her family members to watch for any symptoms. But 11 years after the death of her father, her sister unexpectedly died of an acute aortic dissection. “Aneurysms and thoracic aortic diseases do not care if a person is a grandfather, husband or father; a mother, wife, sister, or daughter; or even a famous actor, husband, father, or son like John Ritter,” she wrote in a letter to the John Ritter Foundation. “Symptoms of back pain or discomfort may be not be taken seriously and health care providers, unless aware of familial medical history, may not treat appropriately or because of insurance constraints, may not order the proper tests. Thoracic disease is a silent killer that leaves loved ones lost and in despair.” Quintania-Pool began running in her sister Marianne’s memory to begin to heal. “I started running because she could not. I started running because I could. I started running to find some peace for myself. I started running because I needed a place to go and feel alive again,” said Quitania-Pool, who has two teenage children and will turn 40 just before the race.

Text RITTERCP to 41444 to donate $10 (or specify a different amount in the text message) to JRF to support Cathy’s run. Or donate online: http://www.crowdrise.com/cathyquitaniapool.

Read the full press release here.

Deborah Mann Lake, UTHealth Media Relations
Media Hotline: 713-500-3030
 
                                                            
http://www.ingnycmarathon.org/                                                              http://www.nyrr.org/


Meet Jed Nuchtern, M.D., of Team Ritter

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Jed Nuchtern, M.D., 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 Dr. Nuchtern: 

As a pediatric surgeon who has treated individuals with aortic disease, Jed Nuchtern, M.D., will be running the New York City Marathon in honor of the founder of modern aortic surgery, the late Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. DeBakey pioneered the surgical procedure for repairing aortic aneurysms—a procedure that saved DeBakey’s own life when his aorta dissected at age 94. “I have taken care of many children and adolescents with Marfan syndrome and would like to help raise money for research of aortic disease,” Nuchtern, 56, said. Marfan syndrome is a connective tissue disorder that can lead to aortic dissection. Nuchtern started running while in college at Princeton and has nine marathons under his belt, but this will be the first New York Marathon for the native New Yorker. “I enjoy distance running because of the meditation and because it is so different from my daily work,” he said. “Living in Houston, the best time for me to run is before work. I enjoy being out on the roads when they are empty and getting into my groove. I enjoy running a marathon the most when I am on a team, so this is a great opportunity for me.”

Text RITTERJN to 41444 to donate $10 (or specify a different amount in the text message) to JRF to support Dr. Nuchtern’s run. Or donate online: http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamRitterNYCMarathon2012/fundraiser/JedNuchtern.

Read the full press release here.

Deborah Mann Lake, UTHealth Media Relations
Media Hotline: 713-500-3030
 
                                                            
http://www.ingnycmarathon.org/                                                              http://www.nyrr.org/


Meet Jonathan Kern, M.D., of Team Ritter

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Jonathan Kern, M.D., 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 Dr. Kern: 

As with many people born with a bicuspid aortic valve, radiologist Jonathan Kern, M.D., 49, did not know he was at increased risk for an aortic dissection. Instead of the three leaflets of a normal aortic valve, his had only two, allowing blood to backwash into the heart with every beat. While he was being treated for severe high blood pressure and palpitations in 2009, he had a renal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Because he was a radiologist, he carefully reviewed the MRI and barely saw the aneurysm that could have proved deadly if left undetected. He immediately underwent surgery to replace the valve and repair the large aortic aneurysm above his heart. “The surgery truly, profoundly changed my life. I no longer have the palpitations and anxiety that plagued me for at least 10 years,” said the Austin, Texas resident. “And now I have quality time with my kids for years to come.”

Text RITTERJK to 41444 to donate $10 (or specify a different amount in the text message) to JRF to support Dr. Kern’s run. Or donate online: http://www.crowdrise.com/jonathankern2012.

Read the full press release here.

Deborah Mann Lake, UTHealth Media Relations
Media Hotline: 713-500-3030
 
                                                            
http://www.ingnycmarathon.org/                                                              http://www.nyrr.org/


Meet Tara Mastracci, M.D., of Team Ritter

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Tara Mastracci, M.D., 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 Dr. Mastracci: 

To counterbalance her intense training and career as an aortic surgeon, Ontario native Tara Mastracci, M.D., has been running since her medical school days. Now she is able to blend her interests together as a member of Team Ritter. Mastracci is on the staff of the Department of Vascular Surgery in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic and is an assistant professor of surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. “I am excited that these pursuits will now meet,” said Mastracci, who has run five marathons. “I have dedicated my life to the treatment of aortic disease, and the patients I have encountered with aortic dissection prove to be a large source of inspiration. They are very quickly catapulted into a disease that will affect every aspect of their lives for many years to come. I am always so impressed the way they deal with the ‘marathon’ of aortic health with a positive outlook and a courageous spirit. These are the patients who will inspire me to run.”

Text RITTERTM to 41444 to donate $10 (or specify a different amount in the text message) to JRF to support Dr. Mastracci’s run. Or donate online: http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamRitterNYCMarathon2012/fundraiser/taramastracci.

Read the full press release here.

Deborah Mann Lake, UTHealth Media Relations
Media Hotline: 713-500-3030
 
                                                            
http://www.ingnycmarathon.org/                                                              http://www.nyrr.org/


Meet Alana Cecchi of Team Ritter

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Alana Cecchi 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 Alana: 

During her training, genetic counselor Alana Cecchi quickly learned the value of informing patients and their family members about the underlying genetic causes of many diseases and how important is it to be aware of family history. Now a counselor with the John Ritter Research Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), she is on the front line of working with families whose members have been affected by thoracic aortic disease. “I have been fortunate enough to meet with many patients and families affected by aortic and other vascular diseases and to hear both the triumphs and struggles they have endured, said Cecchi, who is with the Division of Medical Genetics at UTHealth. “Increasing awareness and early diagnosis has saved lives, which is why I have decided to contribute to furthering research in the area of aortic aneurysms and dissections by running the NYC Marathon as part of Team Ritter to raise both money and public awareness for aortic disease.”

Text RITTERAC to 41444 to donate $10 (or specify a different amount in the text message) to JRF to support Alana’s run. Or donate online: http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamRitterNYCMarathon2012/fundraiser/alanacecchi.

Read the full press release here.

Deborah Mann Lake, UTHealth Media Relations
Media Hotline: 713-500-3030
 
                                                            
http://www.ingnycmarathon.org/                                                              http://www.nyrr.org/


Meet Watkins Little (aka the “Ridiculously Photogenic Guy”) of Team Ritter

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Watkins Little, the “Ridiculously Photogenic Guy”, 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 Watkins: 

Watkins Little, aka “Ridiculously Photogenic Guy,” raced into Internet fame this spring after a spectator’s photo of him went viral on the internet and earned him his new nickname. The photo also caught the eye of Team Ritter. “When I was approached by Amy (Yasbeck) to run for the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health, the title alone sold me on running for their marathon team,” said Little, 26, who was raised in Charleston, N.C., and now lives in New York City. “I, of course, knew who John Ritter was, but being able to raise awareness for thoracic aortic disease and cardiovascular health in general was the most important factor for me. I am extremely honored to have this opportunity.” Little, a public relations specialist in the music industry, first began running with his father through their suburban neighborhood at night. “Even qualifying for the marathon lottery was once a dream,” he said. “Last year, I was so pumped watching the marathon on TV, I ran over the Williamsburg Bridge to Brooklyn to watch it firsthand and cheer everyone. Now, I have a cause that I am running for and that means so much more personally than just completing 26.2 miles.” 

Text RITTERWL to 41444 to donate $10 (or specify a different amount in the text message) to JRF to support Watkins’ run. Or donate online: http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamRitterNYCMarathon2012/fundraiser/watkinslittle.

Read the full press release here.

Deborah Mann Lake, UTHealth Media Relations
Media Hotline: 713-500-3030
 
                                                            
http://www.ingnycmarathon.org/                                                              http://www.nyrr.org/


Meet Tyler Ritter of Team Ritter

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Actor Tyler Ritter 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 Tyler: 

Tyler Ritter grew up in Los Angeles with dreams of becoming either a baseball player or an actor, or, ideally, an actor playing a baseball player. Unfortunately, neither choice encouraged all that much running, so participating in a marathon seemed only possible if he were taking pictures from the sidelines and handing out water. Nevertheless, he has discovered a passion in raising awareness for thoracic aortic disease that has motivated him to take on this physical challenge. Ritter lost his father to this disease in 2003. Knowing that the aortic dissection that caused his father’s death was by no means a rare occurrence, Ritter has joined Team Ritter to run in the ING New York City Marathon in order to spread awareness and research, which he hopes will ultimately help in effectively diagnosing and treating the condition at its earliest stages. 

Text RITTERTR to 41444 to donate $10 (or specify a different amount in the text message) to the JRF and support Tyler’s run. Or donate online through Crowdrise: http://www.crowdrise.com/tylerritter.

Read the full press release here.

Deborah Mann Lake, UTHealth Media Relations
Media Hotline: 713-500-3030
 
                                                            
http://www.ingnycmarathon.org/                                                              http://www.nyrr.org/


Meet Lelia Parma of Team Ritter

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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: http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamRitterNYCMarathon2012/fundraiser/leliaparma.

Read the full press release here.

Deborah Mann Lake, UTHealth Media Relations
Media Hotline: 713-500-3030
 
                                                            
http://www.ingnycmarathon.org/                                                              http://www.nyrr.org/

Team Ritter to Run the 2012 ING New York City Marathon to Increase Awareness of Aortic Disease and Raise Funds for Research

Posted on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012, by with Comments Off

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…)


Dr. Dianna Milewicz and Amy Yasbeck to Be Interviewed on Doctor Radio

Posted on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012, by with Comments Off

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


 


 

 

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