The John Ritter Foundation (JRF) is proud to announce it has been selected as an official charity of the ASICS LA Marathon to take place on Sunday, March 15, 2015. We are excited to have this opportunity to offer an additional Team Ritter event to increase awareness of thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections and raise money to support our mission. And we are also excited because this event offers opportunities for marathoners AND half-marathoners.
We are looking for a team of people who are passionate about increasing awareness of aortic dissection and its risk factors, committed to raising money to support our mission, and who want to train for and run the marathon. Here is what a past Team Ritter member had to say about the being a part of Team Ritter: Read more
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
Thank you to the Omaha World-Herald for this powerful story of how medical education and process change saved a life. Thank you, Nebraska Methodist Health System, our TAD Coalition partner, for your efforts to educate your medical team on aortic dissection! Read the story here.
Tim Ealer’s father, George, passed away due to complications of an aortic dissection. Since then, Tim has learned that this disease can run in families. He spoke with a reporter about his dad and the importance of screening (aortic imaging) if you have a family history of thoracic aortic aneurysm and/or dissection. Watch the interview here: Tim Ealer on 41 Today (NBC/WMGT).
Learn more here: Your Aortic Health.
Many people contact the JRF and the John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases looking for support groups. Unfortunately, very few currently exist. We would like to identify existing groups and facilitate new groups. If you are interested in finding a support group or know of an existing group, please complete our survey which will be available through December 3, 2013: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YO3sKI8Lu2V4z49kq-1fh4wfI-7XGAhaoFoM-4JmEWU/viewform
* 2015 SHIRTS ARE AVAILABLE- CLICK HERE TO CHECK THEM OUT! *
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
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
The Team Ritter 2013 ING NYC Marathon runners are working very hard to increase awareness of aortic disease and raise funds for the John Ritter Foundation’s support and education activities, as well as research to identify the genes which predispose to thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections. AND they are doing all of this while they train for the marathon to be held on November 3, 2013 – whew!
The runners are selling Official Team Ritter “Support Crew” t-shirts designed by one of the team members. The shirts are a great way to not only show your support for everything the team is doing, but they are a wonderful way to start a conversation with someone about aortic aneurysms and dissections. In other words, use them as a tool to promote aortic disease awareness. Read more
Team Ritter members Linda Nihill Belocas and Brian Nihill will be having a tailgate party in memory of their father, Torrey Nihill, to be held in Hanover, MA on Sunday, October 6, 2013. Proceeds will benefit the John Ritter Foundation (JRF). Linda and Brian say, “Please come and watch the Patriots beat the Bengals and enjoy an afternoon of football and fun for a great cause close to our hearts!”
This entertaining event will have something for everyone, including:
- Wood fired pizza cart
- Sausage cart (with hotdogs and hamburgers, too!)
- Wine / beer
- Non-alcoholic beverages
- Kids’ activities (bouncy houses, games, & more, including a mobile gaming truck!)
- Outdoor TVs to watch the game
- Boston sports t-shirt truck
- Live music: Kurt Remlinger and Fil Pacino
- 50/50 drawing
- Silent Auction: bid now on fun items and activities like golf, whitewater rafting, hot air balloon rides, and art
- Purchase a commemorative beer stein or wine glass for $20, and enjoy unlimited fills on tap brews or wine! Available for purchase on game day.
What: New England Patriots Tailgate Party
When: Sunday, October 6, 2013 – 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Where: 73 Town Line Drive, Hanover, MA
Cost: $25 per person, ages 12 and older (children age 11 and younger are free)
(Your first 2 beers are included in the ticket price, food is extra)
To purchase tickets, mail a check (with return address) for $25 per ticket to:
P.O. Box 2200
Hanover, MA 02339
Questions? Click here to send an email to Brian.
Thank you for your support, Linda and Brian! Please read their story to find out why supporting the JRF is important to them: Read more