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On November 3, twenty-two Team Ritter runners ran the ING NYC Marathon and earned Finisher medals. Although this was not the first time some of the runners had completed a marathon, it may have been the most meaningful for them. Why? Because this race was only one milestone among many during their journey to the marathon.
Over the last five months, Team Ritter’s 2013 ING New York City Marathon running team has informed hundreds of people about thoracic aortic disease by sharing their stories at health fairs, during media interviews, at fundraising events, and by talking to anyone who would listen. To date, they have raised over $114,000 so we can inform and educate the public and medical professionals about thoracic aortic disease, provide support to individuals and families affected by aortic disease, and fund research. And they have done all this while training for a marathon!
We are very proud of our team. Please join us in congratulating Team Ritter on a job well done!
2013 Team Ritter - ING NYC Marathon team with Amy Yasbeck, Stella, and Jason Ritter
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/
We are excited to announce an online gallery of original artwork created by John Ritter’s family and friends: http://fromtheheartgallery.com/home.html. 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: http://fromtheheartgallery.com/contact.html.
The second annual Sofia Gutierrez Brain Aneurysm Awareness Fund Raiser Event will be held from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, at the Orange Park Mall in Orange Park, Florida (20 miles south of Jacksonville). Here is the very touching story of the Gutierrez family’s motivation to find answers about cerebral aneurysms: Family warns parents about condition that killed daughter.
The event will benefit the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health, and all funds raised will go to the Sofia Alejandra Gutierrez Brain Aneurysm Research Fund to support research the John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases (JRRP) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is doing on the genetics of cerebral aneurysms. The Director of the JRRP, Dianna M. Milewicz, MD, PhD, will attend and be available to answer questions about the genetics of cerebral and other vascular aneurysms.
The event will feature the Clay County Fire Department, Shands Hospital Trauma One Helicopter, bounce houses, live entertainment, silent auction, door prizes, vendors, and much more.
If you’re in the Orange Park area and looking for something fun for the family to do, come on out!
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
Enjoy the Opening Day festivities and hear from Amy Yasbeck and Watkins Little (Ridiculously Photogenic Guy) in this video: http://livestre.am/1Ktse. If you’re short on time, the interview with Amy and Watkins begins at 10:33 in the video. Watch to see how Watkins spent his day with host and Olympian Carrie Tollefson.
The John Ritter Foundation (JRF) is proud to announce it has been selected as an official charity of the 2012 ING New York City Marathon to take place on Sunday, November 4, 2012. This is an amazing opportunity to increase awareness of thoracic aortic disease, as well as raise funds to support education and research. We feel truly honored to have been chosen.
Watkins “Zeddie” Little (Ridiculously Photogenic Guy) shared the good news during his interview on Good Morning America (GMA) this a.m. JRF is also very happy that Watkins will run the marathon with Team Ritter. Check out Watkins’ GMA interview here.
We are currently recruiting runners to join our team. We are looking for people who are passionate about increasing awareness of aortic dissection and its risk factors and committed to raising funds to support the JRF. JRF has been given a limited number of slots for our team. If you want to run for the JRF and would like to apply for a position on the team, please send an email to email@example.com that includes the following information:
- Your story – tell us about yourself and why you want to run for the John Ritter Foundation
- Your age and running experience
- Mailing address
- Phone number(s)
- Email address
- Any other information you believe we should know about you
- If possible, we would also like hear about your ideas to raise funds
We will be announcing the team members in early May, so please get your response to us by Friday, April 20, 2012.
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!
2nd Annual Adler Paddler
The 2nd annual ADLER PADDLER will be held this Saturday, March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) at 9:00 a.m. in Long Beach, California. The event is being held in memory of Steve Adler and to raise awareness for aortic disease, the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health, and the Thoracic Aortic Disease Coalition. Funds raised will benefit the John Ritter Foundation.
If you enjoy stand up paddling or prone paddling or just want to have fun supporting a worthy cause, come on out!
WHERE: Belmont Shores, Long Beach, California
WHAT: A FREE 2.8 mile Stand Up Paddle & Prone Paddle Race/ Fun Paddle around Naples Island
Sources for more information:
Event poster: 2nd Annual Adler Paddler