HOUSTON – (Oct. 9, 2013) – Friends and family members of people with thoracic aortic disease and fans of the late legendary comedic actor John Ritter will come together as Team Ritter to raise funds for the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health (JRF) at the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 3, 2013.

“We are so proud and grateful to again be one of the official charities of this year’s NYC Marathon and have the opportunity to raise much-needed funds for lifesaving research and education,” said actress, writer and aortic health advocate Amy Yasbeck, the widow of Ritter, who died from an acute aortic dissection in 2003. “Team Ritter runners are passionate about increasing awareness of aortic dissection and its risk factors and are committed to raising funds to support the JRF.”

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: www.crowdrise.com/TeamRitterINGNYCMarathon2013.

“The funds raised by Team Ritter will allow us to continue our genetic research to identify genes or altered DNA that increases someone’s risk for an acute aortic dissection. By identifying who is at risk, we can prevent premature deaths due to aortic dissections,” said Dianna Milewicz, M.D., Ph.D., director of UTHealth’s John Ritter Research Program. “It will also help us spread information to both physicians and the public about symptoms and genetic risk factors for aortic dissections, including the fact that this condition can run in families.” Milewicz is professor and George H. W. Bush Chair in Cardiovascular Research in the Division of Medical Genetics at the UTHealth Medical School.
Fundraising Websites – Crowdrise
Read more and meet the team here: Read more

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

Meet the runners of Team Ritter here:  http://johnritterfoundation.org/team-ritter-to-run-the-2012-ing-new-york-city-marathon-to-increase-awareness-of-aortic-disease-and-raise-funds-for-research/

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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.

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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 info@johnritterfoundation.org that includes the following information:  

  • Name
  • 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!  

  

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