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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com 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: http://paddlewithpurpose.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/3rdadlerpaddler-posterart.jpg
Video from 1st Annual Adler Paddler: http://paddlewithpurpose.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/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: https://www.edx.org/courses/MITx/7.00x/2013_Spring/about
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!
Nicole Kreisler 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.
As an operating room nurse, Nicole Kreisler has seen her share of what cardiovascular disease can do to patients. She also has fond memories of watching John Ritter in “Three’s Company.” So the Milwaukee resident was excited to learn that she will be part of Team Ritter at the ING NYC Marathon. “Jack Tripper’s character and physical humor gave my brother and me many laughs,” said Kreisler, who is married to a fellow marathon runner and has two children. “I think we know every episode by heart. With my work background, I have a great understanding of aortic and vascular disease. By running for the John Ritter Foundation, I am able to support someone I was fond of, as well as share information and educate people on an important disease.” A longtime runner, the 37-year-old has run four marathons in the last two years, including the Boston Marathon. This will be her first time in the NYC event.
Text RITTERNK to 41444 to donate $10 (or specify a different amount in the text message) to JRF to support Nicole’s run. Or donate online: http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamRitterNYCMarathon2012/fundraiser/nicolekreisler.
Read the full press release here.
Deborah Mann Lake, UTHealth Media Relations
Media Hotline: 713-500-3030