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.
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.
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
A new clinic devoted to integrated care for aortic disease is able to merge personalized genetic information with clinical care at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The Multidisciplinary Aortic and Vascular Disease Clinic includes a medical geneticist, genetic counselors, cardiologists, and cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons who specialize in providing care to individuals and families with thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections, as well as other vascular diseases and cardiac valve abnormalities. The clinic is part of UT Physicians, the clinical practice of the UTHealth Medical School. Read more here: http://www.johnritterresearchprogram.org/2012/08/uthealth-research-clinical-care-merge-aortic-vascular-disease-clinic/
Research teams from The John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Paris, France have discovered a gene defect linked to a cluster of systemic complications, including life-threatening thoracic aortic disease and intracranial aneurysms. The new syndrome is similar, but distinct from known syndromes such as Marfan and Loeys-Dietz syndrome. Read more here: http://www.johnritterresearchprogram.org/2012/07/john-ritter-research-program-french-researchers-discover-gene-defect-syndrome-systemic-complications-include-life-threatening-thoracic-aortic-disease/
Amy Yasbeck, founder of The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health, discusses the legacy of her late husband, John Ritter, and healing through community on AOL.com. Watch the video here: http://www.aol.com/video/youve-got-amy-yasbeck/517386510/.
Yasbeck appears in the AOL web series “Little Women Big Cars” at http://on.aol.com/studio/littlewomenbigcars-517348467.
The John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases announced the opening of an Aortic Disease Clinic as a collaborative partnership with UT Physicians Cardiology, Medical Genetics, and Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. The clinic’s mission is to provide expert risk assessment, personalized management and integrated clinical care for individuals and families with thoracic aortic aneurysms and aortic dissections, along with other vascular diseases and cardiac valve abnormalities.
The clinic focuses on patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections, congenital vascular disorders including bicuspid aortic valve, and other congenital vasculopathies. The clinic offers long-term cardiology follow-up for patients with imaging surveillance, same-day interpretation of echocardiograms, and timely referrals for surgery or medical genetics evaluation and genetic counseling as appropriate.
Additional information on the John Ritter Research Program and the Aortic Disease Clinic can be found here: http://www.johnritterresearchprogram.org/2012/03/john-ritter-research-program-ut-physicians-launch-aortic-disease-clinic/.