We exist to spread awareness of aortic health and prevent unnecessary suffering through genetic research, widespread education, and radical advocacy. Every year, undiagnosed and misdiagnosed aortic dissections are responsible for a staggering number of tragically avoidable deaths. Since losing John, I've devoted myself to shining a much-needed light on thoracic aortic disease. Through genetic research, widespread education, and radical advocacy, The John Ritter Foundation and I are committed to alleviating this unnecessary suffering caused by the devastating lack of aortic awareness.
—Amy Yasbeck 

Ritter Rules

The Ritter Rules were created to educate how to recognize, treat and prevent thoracic aortic dissection. Read the rules. Save a life. 

Every child deserves a chance, so aortic health needs to be a part of pediatric health screening.

Bridget Porter (Metz), in honor of her son Connor Metz

As the fifth dissection in four generations, I am determined to be the last one.

Meredith O'Neal

I’m determined to be the last in my family to be surprised by an aortic dissection.

Kenneth Agnew

I am going to dedicate myself to making sure everyone gets checked.

Brandon Watson

Sharing your story can be an invaluable tool in spreading awareness of thoracic aortic disease.

Become an #AortaSupporta

With your support, we’re able to bring awareness and fund the essential research needed to learn the causes of thoracic aortic disease so that we can prevent unnecessary loss.

I want to be remembered as just a guy who was interested in the golden thread of humanity that intertwines us all together.
—John Ritter