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Josh and Gwen's Fundraiser:

2017 Team Ritter NYC Marathon

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Josh and Gwen's Photo
Josh and Gwen's Photo
Josh and Gwen's Photo
Josh and Gwen's Photo
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Lord knows I started training late, but...
August 03, 2017

I know that with commitment and your support, I will make it to the finish line once again for a cause that's close to our hearts for sure. Love  See more
Josh and Gwen

THE STORY:

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.

$3,844

MONEY RAISED
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  • David Hager

    $150

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jon Lazarus

     

  • Don't call me Levy

    $50

  • Maureen Rogers

    $100

  • Liz Panke

    $50

  • Sylvia Lazarus

    $250

  • Jay Weber

    $200

  • Karen and Peter Kurzberg

    $100

  • Flo shulman

    $25

  • Roberta Berry

    $54

  • Trish Zak

    $100

  • On-X Prosthetic Heart Valves

    $1,000

  • Fran Molotnik

    $25

  • MARIA PINTO

    $100

  • Megan Marcoux Licameli

     

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Vince Shaheen

    $25

  • Lauren Zaccagnino

    $50

  • Morgan Stanley- West Hartford

     

  • Michael Schoenfeld

    $100

  • Team Ritter Support Crew T-Shirt Sales

    $150

  • MIRIAM CHAIKLIN

    $25

  • Alan & Linda Schoenfeld

    $100

  • Mark Kissinger

     

  • Tony Karakla

    $25

  • Michael Austin

    $100

  • Anne Tokes Teurlings

     

  • Tracy Bensend & Rob Arnoldy

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Sunny & Susan Sharma

    $50

  • Kim Milburn

    $100

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128% Raised of $3,000 Goal

The Team: $115,322 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Frank Arko

Amount Raised

$23,550

 

118% Raised of $20,000 Goal

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Beth and Alicia Hook

Amount Raised

$8,174

 

117% Raised of $7,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Carmen David

Amount Raised

$7,113

 

71% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Steve Libert

Amount Raised

$6,887

 

230% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Caroline Gredler

Amount Raised

$4,952

 

165% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Elizabeth Meyer

Amount Raised

$4,079

 

117% Raised of $3,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Pam Emerson

Amount Raised

$3,860

 

129% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Kim Milburn

Kim Milburn

DONATION: $100

6 months ago

Sunny & Susan Sharma

Sunny & Susan Sharma

DONATION: $50

6 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

Go Gwen! 6 months ago

Tracy Bensend & Rob Arnoldy

Tracy Bensend & Rob Arnoldy

In appreciation of a feisty couple and their continued support of the JRF. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 6 months ago

Anne Tokes Teurlings

Anne Tokes Teurlings

6 months ago

Michael Austin

Michael Austin

DONATION: $100

6 months ago

Tony Karakla

Tony Karakla

DONATION: $25

6 months ago

Mark Kissinger

Mark Kissinger

6 months ago

Alan & Linda Schoenfeld

Alan & Linda Schoenfeld

DONATION: $100

6 months ago

MIRIAM CHAIKLIN

MIRIAM CHAIKLIN

DONATION: $25

6 months ago