Disclaimers & Policies

Medical Disclaimer

This website does not provide medical advice, recommendations, diagnosis, or treatment. The information on this website is for informational educational purposes only and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified medical professional’s judgment. Text, images, graphics, videos and other material on this website is not a substitute for consultation with qualified health care professionals. Management and treatment decisions about aortic disease should be made in consultation with a patient’s physician or other qualified health care professional who is familiar with the patient’s specific health history and personal circumstances. Always consult with a physician or other medical care provider, and follow their advice regardless of anything read on this website. Knowledge and understanding of aortic disease continues to improve but the John Ritter Foundation assumes no duty to keep up to date the information contained on this website.

Privacy Policy

Updated: 08.27.2020


The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health (the “John Ritter Foundation”) has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. The following discloses our information gathering, usage, protection, and dissemination practices for websites we own and control, such as www.johnritterfoundation.org and www.aorticdissectionawarenessweek.org (this “Website”). This policy applies to information collected both on this Website and through other electronic means, such as emails you may send to us. This policy does not apply to information collected by the John Ritter Foundation offline or through any other means. This policy also does not apply to any third party websites, including any application or content that may link to or be accessible from this Website, or any social media platforms where we may post messages, images, and other content, or invite feedback. By accessing or using this Website, you agree to this privacy policy and your continued use of this Website after we make any changes to this privacy policy is deemed to be an acceptance of those changes.


What and How Information is Collected​

We collect different types of information from and about users of this Website. This includes both information by which you may be personally identified (such as name, phone number, email address, residential address, and genetic disorders), and information that is about you but individually does not identify you. We collect this information directly from you when you provide it to us and automatically when you navigate through the Website.

Information Collected by Automated Technologies

As you navigate through and interact with this Website, we may use automatic data collection technologies to collect certain information about your equipment and details of your visits such as communication data (such as IP address and type of browser), commercial information (such as records of products purchased from us), as well as the resources that you access and use on this Website.


We do not use cookies to collect information about you from the Website.

Traffic Data

Each time you visit this Website, we collect some basic technical information about your activity. We use software to keep track of traffic to our Website and acquire such information as the location from which the traffic originates and which particular pages within this Website are being viewed and for how long. The information we collect automatically is only statistical data and does not include personal information. We may know for instance, that we had 10,000 page hits and 2,000 individual visitors to our Website today, but we do not know their names, addresses, or other personal information.

Information You Provide

Our Website uses registration or other forms where you may sign up for events advertised on the Website, sign up to help raise funds for the John Ritter Foundation, make a donation to the John Ritter Foundation, or share stories about experiences with aortic health. You may also submit public comments through the Website which may be made public in any form (subject to any edits that we may deem appropriate) at the sole discretion of the John Ritter Foundation. We collect contact information by which you may be personally identified (such as name, phone number, email address, residential address, and genetic disorders), and financial information (like account or credit card numbers), as well as details of transactions you carry out through this Website. Contact information from the registration and other forms is used to send information about our organization. Your contact information is also used to get in touch with you when necessary. We also collect records and copies of your correspondence (including email addresses) if you contact us. You may opt-out of receiving future mailings as noted below.

You represent and warrant that you have the right to provide the John Ritter Foundation with all content, information, data, and materials that you submit to us through the Website or otherwise.  You also represent and warrant that the disclosure of all information you provide to the John Ritter Foundation on or through the Website or otherwise does not violate the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards, Health Care Privacy Laws (as defined below), the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679, or any other law or regulation, including any state privacy laws. In addition, you represent and warrant that all such information you provide to the John Ritter Foundation is true, correct, and complete as of the date provided and does not contain any statement that is false, deceptive, or misleading. You grant the John Ritter Foundation permission to store all information you submit to the John Ritter Foundation in accordance with this privacy policy and grant the John Ritter Foundation permission to verify the accuracy of all such information.

For purposes of this privacy policy “Health Care Privacy Laws” means, collectively, the following, as the same may be amended, modified or supplemented from time to time, together with any successor statute thereto, and any and all rules or regulations promulgated from time to time thereunder: (i) the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, as amended by; (ii) the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (Title XIII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009); (ii) 42 C.F.R. Part 2; and (iii) applicable state laws regarding patient privacy and the security, use or disclosure of health care records.

How We Use Your Information​

We use information that we collect, or that you provide, in order to present our Website and its content to provide you with information or services that you request from us, to carry out our obligations and enforce our rights in any contracts between you and us, and to communicate with you about our nonprofit mission, registration for events, or in response to messages that are sent directly to us. We may use your information to invite you to support the John Ritter Foundation through donations, or to provide you with information regarding your donations and other transactions with the John Ritter Foundation. We may use your information to ensure compliance with the Terms of Service for the Website. We may also use your information for other purposes with your prior consent. We also use Website usage data to improve the experience and services offered.

Third Parties

We provide data and personal information to specific third party service providers such as our credit card processor in order to provide you certain services available through this Website. We also provide your personal information to other third parties that we may partner with for events advertised on our Website. We may share your personal information to entities that are owned by or affiliated with the John Ritter Foundation. We may disclose your personal information to comply with any court order, law, or legal process, including to respond to any government or regulatory request. We also may disclose your personal information to protect the safety and security of users of the Website, and that of the John Ritter Foundation’s employees, affiliates, agents, licensors, and service providers. We may disclose your personal information to to ensure your compliance with our policies, and to enforce our Terms of Service and other applicable agreements.

General Security Matters

This Website has reasonable industry-standard security measures in place that are designed to secure and to protect against the accidental loss, unauthorized access, misuse, disclosure and alteration of the information under our control. Our computer networks and those of our hosting company are protected by passwords. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure and we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information transmitted to this Website. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk.

​Is Credit Card/Transaction Information Secure?

We care about the safety and security of your transaction. We use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to communicate with your browser software when you order from us online and thereby provide us with credit card or similar information. SSL is the industry-standard security protocol, which makes it extremely difficult for anyone else to intercept your credit card/transaction and order information that you send us when you submit your online order. We take precautions to safeguard your credit card data in our internal systems.

Specific Rights
Children Under the Age of 13

This Website is not intended for children under 13 years of age. The John Ritter Foundation does not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13 years old. If you are under 13 years old, do not use or provide any information on this Website. If the John Ritter Foundation learns we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you believe we may have any information from or about a child under the age of 13 please contact us by sending an e-mail to hq@johnritterfoundation.org.

California Privacy Rights

We do not sell your information for marketing purposes.

Do Not Track Standards

We do not recognize or respond to browser-initiated Do Not Track signals, as the Internet industry is currently still working on Do Not Track standards, implementations and solutions.  To find out more about Do Not Track settings in your web browser, you may wish to visit http://www.allaboutdnt.com.

International Users

If you are visiting the Website from outside the United States please note that any data you provide will be transferred outside the European Union or such other non-United States territory for use by us for any of the purposes described herein. By providing any data to us, and using the Website, you hereby consent to such transfers of your data to the United States and the treatment of such data in accordance with applicable law.

The Website may contain links to certain third party websites or applications. We do not own, control or operate such linked sites and we are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of such linked sites.  Privacy policies and practices for such linked sites may differ from this privacy policy and our practice. Your access and use of such linked sites is entirely and solely at your own risk. We urge you to read the privacy policies of such linked sites before disclosing your personal information on such sites.  Similarly, we cannot control how your data is collected, stored, used or shared by third party sites. Please be sure to review the privacy policies and privacy settings of such third party sites (including social networking sites) to make sure you understand the information they are sharing. If you do not want a third party site to share information about you, you must contact that site and determine whether it gives you the opportunity to opt-out of sharing such information. The John Ritter Foundation is not responsible for how these third parties may use information collected from or about you.

Communication with The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health

The John Ritter Foundation may offer a periodic e-mail service to those who are interested in hearing about the latest news in the aortic health community. If you ever wish to modify your address or opt out of receiving future mailings by sending an e-mail to info@johnritterfoundation.org.

Contact Details

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this Website, your dealings with this Website, or to invoke any statutory rights afforded to you, you may contact us at info@johnritterfoundation.org.