Actor Tyler Ritter; Watkins Little, the “Ridiculously Photogenic Guy;” thoracic aortic disease survivors and an aortic surgeon will be among the 15 Team Ritter runners dedicated to raising money for the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health (JRF) at the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 4, 2012.
“We are so proud and grateful to be one of the official charities of this year’s NYC Marathon and have the opportunity to raise much-needed funds for life-saving research and education,” said actress, writer and aortic health advocate Amy Yasbeck, the widow of legendary comic actor John Ritter, who died from an acute aortic dissection in 2003. “For Team Ritter, we looked for people who are passionate about increasing awareness of aortic dissection and its risk factors and committed to raising funds to support the JRF.”
Funds from the NYC Marathon raised for the JRF will go to the John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases (JRRP) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) to support research to identify genetic risks for aortic dissections.
“The funds raised by Team Ritter will allow us to continue our genetic research to identify genes or altered DNA that increases someone’s risk for an acute aortic dissection. By identifying who is at risk, we can prevent the premature deaths due to aortic dissections,” said Dianna Milewicz, M.D., Ph.D., director of UTHealth’s John Ritter Research Program. “It will also help us spread information to both physicians and the public about symptoms and genetic risk factors for aortic dissections, including the fact that this condition can run in families.” Milewicz is also professor and George H. W. Bush Chair in Cardiovascular Research in the Division of Medical Genetics at the UTHealth Medical School.
Please read our press release and the stories of each of our runners here.
Introducing the Team Ritter 2012 ING NYC Marathon team:
Tyler Ritter, Lelia Parma, Watkins Little (aka “Ridiculously Photogenic Guy”), Tara Mastracci, M.D., Jed Nuchtern, M.D., Jonathan Kern, M.D., Catherine Quitania-Pool, Edward M. Cooning IV, Victoria Ramirez, Nicole Kreisler, Jaclyn Morrison, Amy Derksen, Alana Cecchi, Robin Plonsker, Monica Slack.