A legacy of making a difference in
For more than 20 years, The John Ritter Foundation has remained committed to our goal of raising awareness and changing outcomes.
In 2003, John Ritter — beloved actor, husband, father, and friend — died suddenly due to a misdiagnosed thoracic aortic dissection. Since that time, his family and loved ones have worked to ensure his legacy helps save the lives of others. Join us as we work to fund research, provide education, and raise awareness of thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection. Together we can save lives.
Early detection and treatment can prevent premature deaths. Your support can help us achieve a future where everyone receives the care they need and deserve.
of people could survive with prompt diagnosis and treatment
With your support, we’re able to raise awareness and fund the essential research needed to learn the causes of thoracic aortic dissection.
I want to be remembered as just a guy who was interested in the golden thread of humanity that intertwines us all together.
Living with or caring for someone with aortic disease can feel overwhelming. It can be difficult to know where to start. We welcome you to this community and have a variety of resources to help you find your way.
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Join any of our upcoming events as a part of your Aortic Journey.
The John Ritter Foundation can connect you with a peer who understands. You are not alone!
The Ritter Rules can help save lives
Learn the rules to help you recognize, treat,
and prevent thoracic aortic dissection.