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

Dan Gosling of ChopSaver writes:

“One of the coolest things about building a company is making connections with great people. Here is an example of just that.

This my friend Ed Cooning IV.  Ed first learned about ChopSaver from his marching band days.  Now, he runs marathons (runners LOVE ChopSaver) to raise money for great causes like Jonnie’s Goodguys, the charity he and friends started in memory of a friend who died tragically young from aortic dissection.

Ed has since partnered with other great charities, and one of those is the John Ritter Foundation.  The John Ritter Foundation was created in October 2003, just weeks after John’s sudden death due to an acute aortic dissection.  Formed by his widow, Amy Yasbeck, and their family for the purpose of receiving donations in honor of John’s life, the Foundation is focused on thoracic aortic disease education, support, and research.  So, we thought of a cool way ALL OF YOU can help out too.

Place your order for ChopSaver and receive 15% off the purchase price. In addition, we will donate 15% of the purchase price to the John Ritter Foundation.  Use the promo code RITTER to save 15% on your online purchase AND we will make an equal contribution to the Foundation. For example, order a 6 pack, you save $3.71 and ChopSaver will donate $3.71 to a great cause.

Also, Ed is running the New York City Marathon on November 3rd on behalf of the John Ritter Foundation.  If you would like to make a direct donation to the cause, you can do so by clicking here.  It’s our way of helping people who are trying to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Thank you for your support, Dan and Ed!  This offer is available through September 12, 2013.

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Edward M. Cooning IV 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 Ed: 

Six years ago, when Jonathan “Jonnie” Miller died suddenly of a thoracic aortic dissection as a result of suspected undiagnosed Marfan syndrome, Edward M. Cooning IV and fellow friends formed Jonnie’s Goodguys in his honor. Miller had planned to run the One America Mini Marathon in Indianapolis that year and his goal became their goal. The small group, committed to elevating awareness of Marfan syndrome, has grown into an organization that has raised nearly $2,200 for the National Marfan Foundation. It also donates to other charities and coaches new runners through training. This year, Cooning, 38, launched My Heart Run 2012 with a personal goal of running the five world major marathons in 2012, including the ING New York City Marathon. “It’s the goal of Jonnie’s Goodguys to educate and generally live a healthier lifestyle so that we are all around a little longer with our loved ones,” Cooning said.

Text RITTEREC to 41444 to donate $10 (or specify a different amount in the text message) to JRF to support Ed’s run. Or donate online:

Read the full press release here.

Deborah Mann Lake, UTHealth Media Relations
Media Hotline: 713-500-3030