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The John Ritter Foundation (JRF) is proud to announce it has been selected as an official charity of the TCS New York City Marathon to take place on Sunday, November 5, 2017.  We are honored to have been chosen once again.

We are looking for a team of people who are passionate about increasing awareness of aortic dissection and its risk factors, committed to raising money to support our mission, and who want to train for and run the marathon.  Here is what some past Team Ritter runners had to say about the experience:

“You have to do it!  Great race. Great Team.”

“Hands down — absolutely go for it!!!  It is a fabulous experience running the NYC marathon and working with the JRF team is great.  It’s a rewarding experience and if you have a passion for aortic disease, raising awareness and other aspects of aortic health and education, this is the organization you want to be part of!!”

If you are interested in applying for a spot on the team, please fill out an application here. Have questions?  Please send an email to info@JohnRitterFoundation.org.

If you are not a runner but would like to support Team Ritter, please send an email describing your skills or interests and how you would like to help to info@JohnRitterFoundation.org.  Donations to the JRF can also be made through our website.  Thank you for your support!

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John Ritter Foundation Community Symposium

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

*Supported by a generous donation from Cindy Retterer, in memory of her beloved husband Jeff Retterer*

9:30 am- 10:00 am- Check in/light breakfast

10:00 am- 10.25 am Amy Yasbeck – Welcome and introduction

10:25 am- 10:50 am Dr. Dianna Milewicz- Genetics (UTHealth)

10:50 am- 11:15 am Dr. Siddharth Prakash- Imaging and medical therapies (UTHealth)

11:15 am – 11:45 am Coffee Break

11:45 am – 12:10 pm Dr. Marion Hofmann-Bowman – Modifying risk factors (UChicago)

12:10 pm – 12:35 pm Dr. Shaine Morris – Pediatric concerns (Baylor College of Medicine)

12: 35 pm- 1:00 pm Dr. Anthony Estrera – Surgical intervention (UTHealth)

1:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch (attendees and speakers)

Venue:

UTHealth- McGovern Medical School

6431 Fannin St, Room MSB 2.006 (auditorium on the 2nd floor)

Houston, TX 77030

RSVP requested via registration link below or email to info@johnritterresearchprogram.org OR info@johritterfoundation.org

*We welcome your help should you wish to donate your time, or make an in kind or monetary donation. Ask us how you can help at the email above*

The first John Ritter Foundation Community symposium will be held in the Texas Medical Center (6431, Fannin St, Houston TX 77030) in Houston, Texas 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday, January 14th, 2017. Patients, friends, family members, caregivers, and care providers are welcome to attend. There is no charge for registration.

Speakers will include Amy Yasbeck and JRRP Director Dr. Dianna Milewicz, along with four renowned aortic disease experts in surgical, pediatric and adult patient care.

Lunch will be provided.
RSVP requested via registration link below or email to info@johnritterresearchprogram.org

*We welcome your help should you wish to donate your time, or make an in kind or monetary donation. Ask us how you can help at the email above*

The John Ritter Foundation (JRF) is an official charity of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon which takes place on Sunday, February  14, 2016.  This event offers opportunities for marathoners AND half-marathoners. Come on over to sunny LA and share Valentine’s Day with us. A very special Ritter Sitter is planned for this event!

Full marathon slots and relay slots are available.  Relay teams are made up of 2 people – one person runs 12.9 miles, and the other person runs 13.3 miles.  If you are interested in applying for a spot on the team, please fill out an application here.  Have questions?  Please send an email to info@JohnRitterFoundation.org.

If you are not a runner but would like to support Team Ritter, please send an email describing your skills or interests and how you would like to help to info@JohnRitterFoundation.org.  Donations to the JRF can also be made through our website.  Thank you for your support!

ACTA2 mutations are responsible for disease in approximately 20% of families with thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections(TAAD).  Dr. Milewicz directs the John Ritter Research Program and her research group identified ACTA2 as a gene that causes TAAD in 2009. The Milewicz group has now published an analysis of clinical data collected from a large group of people (close to 300) who have ACTA2 mutations. This information is important  in medical management of patients with ACTA2 mutations. The publication can be accessed by clicking on the article “Aortic Disease Presentation and Outcome Associated with ACTA2 Mutations” available here.

Questions? Email us at info@johnritterfoundation.org or info@johnritterresearchprogram.org

The 1st Annual Riley’s Run for Aortic Health is coming up on March 28th, 2015. This is a race put together by Riley’s friends and family to raise money for the John Ritter Foundation to support research and awareness. Read about this remarkable young woman here.

The 5th Annual ADLER PADDLER in support of the John Ritter Foundation is coming up on MARCH 22nd, 2015. This paragraph on their website says it all: “This event isn’t just about raising money for such a great organization but it’s also about encouraging people to understand and gain awareness of their family history. First-degree relatives (parents, siblings, children) of a person who has, or has had, a thoracic aortic aneurysm and/or dissection can have a higher chance to develop an aneurysm. Our goal as an event is to help prevent premature deaths due to thoracic aortic disease by creating more public awareness of this disease.” – Paddle With Purpose.  Click here for more information.

The John Ritter Foundation (JRF) is proud to announce it has been selected as an official charity of the ASICS LA Marathon to take place on Sunday, March 15, 2015.  We are excited to have this opportunity to offer an additional Team Ritter event to increase awareness of thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections and raise money to support our mission.  And we are also excited because this event offers opportunities for marathoners AND half-marathoners.

We are looking for a team of people who are passionate about increasing awareness of aortic dissection and its risk factors, committed to raising money to support our mission, and who want to train for and run the marathon.  Here is what a past Team Ritter member had to say about the being a part of Team Ritter: Read more

The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health is one of Amazon’s charity partners. The Amazon smile program allows Amazon customers to choose a charity that will receive 0.5% of the total price on all eligible purchases. You can go to smile.amazon.com to shop and choose The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health from the drop down menu of charities or use this link to shop on Amazon to donate to the JRF.

We have received many requests for the link to purchase the 2014 Team Ritter Support Crew TCS NYC Marathon T-shirts. You can buy the T-shirts here. Thank you for your support. Go Team Ritter!