UPDATE 9/9/13:  THE DISHCLOTHS ARE SOLD OUT!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.  Donations to support Beth and Aubrey’s efforts can be made through their Crowdrise fundraising page:  http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamRitterINGNYCMarathon2013/fundraiser/aubreypollesch.

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 their entire family is helping them raise funds creatively to support the JRF.  Beth’s 80 year old mother and Beth’s husband’s 80 year old aunt have spent the summer knitting dishcloths so Beth and Aubrey can sell them for donations.  Please read the story Aubrey wrote about why Team Ritter is so important to their family and please consider ordering a washcloth (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

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 information about future group meetings that a Nurse Practitioner has organized in New Jersey.  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:  http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamRitterINGNYCMarathon2013/fundraiser/aubreypollesch.

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:  http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamRitterINGNYCMarathon2013.

http://www.ingnycmarathon.org/ http://www.nyrr.org/

It can be difficult to find others to talk to who understand what aortic disease is like.  The John Ritter Foundation is pleased to pass along information about a support group meeting organized by a survivor of aortic dissection in Michigan.  Everyone that has been affected by aortic disease is welcome to attend and support each other.  Here are the details: Read more

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 information about a group meeting that a Nurse Practitioner has organized in New Jersey.  Here are the details:

A support group meeting for survivors of aortic dissection is scheduled to take place in in Ridgewood, NJ at The Valley Hospital on Tuesday, June 11 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Eastern time.

For more information or to see how you can be involved, please contact Andrea Storper, NP, at 201-447-8418 or storan@valleyhealth.com.

Now you can make and eat tantalizing treats and raise money to support the John Ritter Foundation (JRF) all at the same time! Read more

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!

www.ingnycmarathon.org

www.nyrr.org

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.