BENEFITING: JOHN RITTER FOUNDATION FOR AORTIC HEALTH
ORGANIZER: JOHN RITTER FOUNDATION FOR AORTIC HEALTH
On April 2, 2017, my mother, Rose Meyer (the lovely lady in green in the pic) almost died from an aortic dissection while visiting family in Seattle, WA. Thanks to a series of small miracles and quick decisions made by medical heros in Seattle, she lived and is on the road to recovery.
Fourteen years ago, actor John Ritter died following an aortic dissection (the same thing that nearly killed my mother), in part because those treating him did not catch something that an ER doc in Seattle saw on my mother's CT scan, following a stroke. These fundraising efforts will help the Foundation that was established in John's honor, understand thoracic aortic disease, and ultimately premature deaths caused my aortic dissections.
I am hoping to gain a spot on TeamRitter's NYC Marathon team, and currently training as if I will make the team. If I do not make the team this year, I will be guaranteed a spot on the team running in Nov. 2018. I am committed to fundraising for this organization no matter what!!
JOHN RITTER FOUNDATION FOR AORTIC HEALTH wrote -
The John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health (JRF) is proud to be an official charity of the TCS NYC Marathon to take place on Sunday, November 5, 2017. This is an amazing opportunity to increase awareness of thoracic aortic disease, as well as raise funds to support education and research. We are so honored to have been chosen.
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.
Questions? Please send an email to info@JohnRitterFoundation.org.