Lord knows I started training late, but...
August 03, 2017
BENEFITING: JOHN RITTER FOUNDATION FOR AORTIC HEALTH
ORGANIZER: JOHN RITTER FOUNDATION FOR AORTIC HEALTH
We are thrilled to have been chosen once again to represent Team Ritter this year in the TCS New York City Marathon on November 5th, 2017! Gwen will be running 26.2 miles throughout New York City in honor of Josh, who has undergone two open heart surgeries (10 years apart) to correct a dissected aortic root and a bicuspid aortic valve. Josh will be cheering Gwen and the entire Team Ritter on (most likely with a beer in hand)! We both feel thankful for the continuing research and miraculous advances in medicine that allow us to be together for this incredible event. Josh was diagnosed at the young age of 32yrs old and was fortunate to have shown symptoms (dizziness & shortness of breath) that got him to a doctor in time and thankfully, properly diagnosed. Many are not so fortunate, which is why we’re so passionate to support the promotion of education about aortic health and awareness of the potential for aortic aneurism during the diagnostic process. John Ritter brought so much joy to our lives through his work, we feel honored participate in Team Ritter and help to make a difference! Funds from the NYC Marathon raised for the JRF 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 UT Health’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.” Since our participation last year, researchers have made significant discoveries in genetics, identifying mutations that predispose individuals to thoracic Aortic aneurisms. We intend for our efforts to further such progress, enabling earlier and more accurate diagnosis and even prevention in a condition that often, unnecessarily, results in sudden, unforeseen death.
Individuals interested in joining Team Ritter to run the marathon, help us increase awareness of aortic disease, and fundraise are encouraged to submit an application here.
Questions? Please send an email to info@JohnRitterFoundation.org.