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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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

A multi-institutional team led by Dianna Milewicz, M.D., Ph.D., of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has found a recurrent genetic mutation that has been linked to deadly thoracic aortic dissections in family members as young as 17 years of age.  The gene known as PRKG1 makes a protein called cGMP-dependent kinase, type I.  The PRKG1 mutation alters the function of the protein and causes the muscle cells in the wall of the aorta to respond incorrectly to pulsatile blood flow from the heart, and the change in this one protein ultimately causes thoracic aortic aneurysm and acute aortic dissection.  The mutation was identified in four families, including three in the United States.  The majority of the affected family members suffered acute aortic dissections at young ages (17 to 51 years).

Milewicz is professor and director of the Division of Genetics at the UTHealth Medical School and holds the President George H.W. Bush Chair in Cardiovascular Research.  She is also on the faculty of The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and director of the The John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases.  Co-authors and investigators included teams from University of California at San Diego, Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicále of France, University of Washington, Baylor College of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and the GenTAC Registry Consortium.  Read more here:  http://www.johnritterresearchprogram.org/?p=1046

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.

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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!

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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.

Dianna M. Milewicz, MD, PhD, Director of the John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases and holder of the President George H.W. Bush Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, will be honored on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by BioHouston at its Fourth Annual Lunch Celebrating Women in Science.

To be held at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston, TX, the luncheon also will honor Dr. Lydia Kavraki, Rice University; Dr. Renu Khator, University of Houston; and Sara Ortwein, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company.

The four will be celebrated for demonstrating “extraordinary leadership in science and technology.”

The mission of BioHouston is to “create an environment that will stimulate technology transfer and research commercialization, thereby generating economic wealth for the Houston region and making it a global competitor in life science commercialization.”

Registration deadline is Friday, November 9 at 3:00 p.m. Central time.

Congratulations, Dr. Milewicz!

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. 

Meet Nicole: 

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
                                                            
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