About Us

In 2003, John Ritter — beloved actor, husband, father, and friend — was taken suddenly due to an acute thoracic aortic dissection which was tragically misdiagnosed.

Weeks after his death, his wife and fellow actor Amy Yasbeck founded The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health with a focused and urgent purpose to prevent unnecessary suffering because of the unknown.

Every day, we work to raise awareness for thoracic aortic disease through genetic research, widespread education, and radical advocacy.

Summer 2022 Grant Program - Request for Proposals

The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health is pleased to announce the opening of our Summer 2022 Grant Program. This award supports a one-year grant totaling $65,000 and is designed to provide financial support for investigators studying thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections. Areas of interest include patient education, physician and other clinician education, and exercise.

Applications are due August 15th, 2022

The Faces of the John Ritter Foundation

Our team works endlessly to end the unnecessary suffering for those affected by TAD.

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

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