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Josephine D'Arcangelo

Josephine D'Arcangelo
Cumming, GA
CROWDRISING SINCE: Jun 11, 2015
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Friends,

I have been invited to run the New York City Marathon with Team Ritter.  This is an amazing opportunity to increase awareness of thoracic aortic disease, as well as raise funds to support education and research.  Aortic disease is what killed the actor John Ritter.  

JOHN RITTER FOUNDATION FOR AORTIC HEALTH wrote -

Funds from the marathon will benefit 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 an individual’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.

Having lost both parents, my father to a related disease, I can recognize the importance of raising awareness for this cause.  My father George died in 2012 suddenly from heart disease (and two years later my mother passed from ALS) having experienced this loss in my life helps me to understand the importance of possibly preventing this disease in others.

In order to take part in this this amazing event with this team I need to raise $3,000.00.  Please consider funding my page so I will be able to fulfill my commitment to the team and to the foundation.  

With warm regards,

Josephine

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