Thirty-One consultant, Kathleen Golden, says:

“Please join me in helping this great cause to support the John Ritter Foundation.  When most think of John Ritter, they think of Jack Tripper from Three’s Company, but Mr. Ritter was much more than that.  He was a son, a husband, a father, a friend.  John Ritter passed away 10 years ago due to an aortic dissection.  My friend, Ed Cooning IV, lost a dear friend at a very early age to the same medical issue, and Ed and a group of friends started “Jonnie’s Good Guys” in May of 2006 in honor of his friend. Read more

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:

Beth Hook and Aubrey Pollesch are a mother and daughter teamed up to run the 2013 ING NYC Marathon on 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 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.  Read 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. We are so honored to have been chosen.

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.

Our team is very enthusiastic and motivated to help us in our work 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 our runners by visiting Edward Norton’s Crowdrise online fundraising community:

The John Ritter Foundation (JRF) is proud to announce it has been selected as an official charity of the ING New York City Marathon to take place on Sunday, November 3, 2013.  This is a wonderful opportunity to increase awareness of thoracic aortic disease, as well as raise funds to support education and research, and we are honored to have been chosen.

We have been given a limited number of charity entry slots and are currently recruiting runners for our team.  We are looking for a great group of people who are passionate about increasing awareness of aortic dissection and its risk factors and committed to raising funds to support the John Ritter Foundation (JRF).  If you want to run for JRF and would like to apply for a position on the team, please complete the online application.

The deadline to complete your application is May 17, 2013.  Finalists will be contacted to schedule phone interviews during May, and team members will be selected by early June.

If you are not a runner but would like to support Team Ritter, click here.  Donations to JRF can also be made through our own website.  Thank you for your support!

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:

It can be difficult to find others to talk to who understand what an aortic dissection survivor has been through.  The John Ritter Foundation is pleased to pass along this information about a group meeting that one survivor has organized in Michigan.  Here are the details:

Chris Kasper ( has organized a support and informational group meeting for survivors of aortic dissection, their families, and their caregivers to take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Monday, April 22, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern time. The meeting will be held at:

University of Michigan

EAA Health & Geriatrics Center

Room B1-407

4260 Plymouth Rd.

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

There are three buildings which make up this “campus”.  The building where the meeting will be held is the one in the center.  When you enter the building, take the elevator to level B1.  Exit straight out of the elevator and go through a set of double doors to the left of Java city.  The conference room is B1-407 and will be on the right side of the hallway across from the patio.

Please contact Chris directly at with any questions.

A subsequent meeting is being planned for July 22, 2013 in the same location.  Chris is hoping to make this a quarterly event.

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:



Event poster:

Video from 1st Annual Adler Paddler:

If you have ever wanted to learn more about genetics but haven’t wanted to take an entire course in genetics, this class may be for you.  It is an introductory biology class with emphasis on genetics hosted by professor Eric Lander of MIT, one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project.  Best of all, it is free!  The class starts on March 5, 2013, but you can register and take the course anytime before the class end date of May 28, 2013.

Check it out:

We are excited to announce an online gallery of original artwork created by John Ritter’s family and friends:  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 for Aortic Health 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 us through the gallery website:

Dianna M. Milewicz, MD, PhD, Director of the John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases and holder of the President George H.W. Bush Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, will be honored on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by BioHouston at its Fourth Annual Lunch Celebrating Women in Science.

To be held at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston, TX, the luncheon also will honor Dr. Lydia Kavraki, Rice University; Dr. Renu Khator, University of Houston; and Sara Ortwein, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company.

The four will be celebrated for demonstrating “extraordinary leadership in science and technology.”

The mission of BioHouston is to “create an environment that will stimulate technology transfer and research commercialization, thereby generating economic wealth for the Houston region and making it a global competitor in life science commercialization.”

Registration deadline is Friday, November 9 at 3:00 p.m. Central time.

Congratulations, Dr. Milewicz!