On March 24th, 2016, my friend Bo Dobson died unexpectedly. When I learned the news, I couldn't breathe for what seemed like weeks. This could not be real... he was too healthy and too young. My heart was shattered. Bo was my closest, best and dearest friend growing up in Hendersonville, NC. No, Bo was more than a best friend. He was the shoulder I could cry on, the ear in which I could share my deepest secrets, another brother. He was only 6 days older than me.
In the following weeks after his death, I learned from his family and partner Leo that Bo died from an aortic dissection, and while discovering more about this awful disorder, I learned that one of my favorite actors, John Ritter, passed away from the same thing. That's when the two worlds came together.
Through the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health, I learned that there was a way I could honor my friend, pay homage to his memory, and draw attention to this disorder so we can find a way to keep it from robbing others of their friends, spoyses, siblings and the loves of their lives. That's why I'm all in with Team Ritter. It is only fitting that Team Ritter raises funds in conjunction with the New York City Marathon, the town Bo called home.
My goal is to raise $3,000 to help the JRF with research, education, and support for the medical community, patients, fmailies and friends of those afflicted by this disorder. I'll tie my laces and run 26.2 miles on November 5, 2017.
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