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!
Research on the genetics of bicuspid aortic valves (BAVs) is underway at the John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Led by Dr. Siddharth Prakash, the research team aims to determine the mechanisms and cardiac complications of BAV disease.
If you have questions or are interested in participating, more information is available here or by contacting the Study Coordinator, Josephine Turner (Josephine.A.Turner@uth.tmc.edu). Patients can refer themselves for the study; it is not necessary to be referred by a physician.
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/
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 (email@example.com) 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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: Read more
Amy Yasbeck and the John Ritter Foundation teamed up with Snakkle to reunite the casts of John Ritter’s cult classics Problem Child and Problem Child 2 after 22 years. Click here to hear what Amy, Michael Oliver, Ivyann Schwan and others had to say about filming the movies: http://www.snakkle.com/videos/exclusive-video-snakkle-reunites-the-casts-from-the-problem-child-movies/
Amy Yasbeck and the Foundation teamed up with Snakkle to reunite the casts of John Ritter’s cult classics Problem Child and Problem Child 2 after 22 years. Take a trip down memory lane with Amy Yasbeck, Michael Oliver, Ivyann Schwan, and other cast members as they re-create some of their most iconic looks from the movie in exclusive photos. http://www.snakkle.com/galleries/cast-of-problem-child-movie-reunited-photo-shoot/
Amy Yasbeck, founder of The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health, discusses the legacy of her late husband, John Ritter, and healing through community on AOL.com. Watch the video here: http://www.aol.com/video/youve-got-amy-yasbeck/517386510/.
Yasbeck appears in the AOL web series “Little Women Big Cars” at http://on.aol.com/studio/littlewomenbigcars-517348467.
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 Amy Yasback, founder of the John Ritter Foundation, and Dr. Dianna Milewicz, professor and director of the John Ritter Research Program at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston (at 7:30 a.m.). Set your alarm and tune in! http://www.siriusxm.com/doctorradio