About Us

In 2003, John Ritter — beloved actor, husband, father, and friend — was taken suddenly due to a tragic misdiagnosis of acute thoracic aortic disease (TAD).

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 TAD through genetic research, widespread education, and radical advocacy.

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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