Actor Tyler Ritter 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 Tyler: 

Tyler Ritter grew up in Los Angeles with dreams of becoming either a baseball player or an actor, or, ideally, an actor playing a baseball player. Unfortunately, neither choice encouraged all that much running, so participating in a marathon seemed only possible if he were taking pictures from the sidelines and handing out water. Nevertheless, he has discovered a passion in raising awareness for thoracic aortic disease that has motivated him to take on this physical challenge. Ritter lost his father to this disease in 2003. Knowing that the aortic dissection that caused his father’s death was by no means a rare occurrence, Ritter has joined Team Ritter to run in the ING New York City Marathon in order to spread awareness and research, which he hopes will ultimately help in effectively diagnosing and treating the condition at its earliest stages. 

Text RITTERTR to 41444 to donate $10 (or specify a different amount in the text message) to the JRF and support Tyler’s run. Or donate online through Crowdrise: http://www.crowdrise.com/tylerritter.

Read the full press release here.

Deborah Mann Lake, UTHealth Media Relations
Media Hotline: 713-500-3030
                                                            
http://www.ingnycmarathon.org/                                                             http://www.nyrr.org/

Lelia Parma 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 Lelia: 

Lelia Parma was born in Argentina and from an early age loved performing musical theater. She worked professionally in Buenos Aires for six years before deciding to study theater-directing full time. In late 2007, she met Tyler Ritter and through his father’s story, she learned about aortic dissection for the first time. After they married, she found out that her grandfather was suffering from the same condition. Thanks to the advanced practices of his doctors and his family’s awareness of this problem, her grandfather’s quality of life has been greatly enhanced. Parma is proud to run for those affected with thoracic aortic disease around the world and continue to shed light on aortic disease. 

Text RITTERLP to 41444 to donate $10 (or specify a different amount in the text message) to the JRF and support Lelia’s run. Or donate online through Crowdrise: http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamRitterNYCMarathon2012/fundraiser/leliaparma.

Read the full press release here.

Deborah Mann Lake, UTHealth Media Relations
Media Hotline: 713-500-3030
                                                            
http://www.ingnycmarathon.org/                                                             http://www.nyrr.org/

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

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