Watkins Little, the “Ridiculously Photogenic Guy”, 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.
Watkins Little, aka “Ridiculously Photogenic Guy,” raced into Internet fame this spring after a spectator’s photo of him went viral on the internet and earned him his new nickname. The photo also caught the eye of Team Ritter. “When I was approached by Amy (Yasbeck) to run for the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health, the title alone sold me on running for their marathon team,” said Little, 26, who was raised in Charleston, N.C., and now lives in New York City. “I, of course, knew who John Ritter was, but being able to raise awareness for thoracic aortic disease and cardiovascular health in general was the most important factor for me. I am extremely honored to have this opportunity.” Little, a public relations specialist in the music industry, first began running with his father through their suburban neighborhood at night. “Even qualifying for the marathon lottery was once a dream,” he said. “Last year, I was so pumped watching the marathon on TV, I ran over the Williamsburg Bridge to Brooklyn to watch it firsthand and cheer everyone. Now, I have a cause that I am running for and that means so much more personally than just completing 26.2 miles.”
Text RITTERWL to 41444 to donate $10 (or specify a different amount in the text message) to JRF to support Watkins’ run. Or donate online: http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamRitterNYCMarathon2012/fundraiser/watkinslittle.
Read the full press release here.
Deborah Mann Lake, UTHealth Media Relations
Media Hotline: 713-500-3030
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!