BENEFITING: JOHN RITTER FOUNDATION FOR AORTIC HEALTH
ORGANIZER: JOHN RITTER FOUNDATION FOR AORTIC HEALTH
I am a member of Team Ritter and will be running the New York Marathon on November 5, 2017 for the John Ritter Foundation. I am very excited to be raising awareness for Aortic Health. On Jan 2, 2013, my brother suffered an Aortic Dissection. We were very lucky that the ER doctor diagnosed him quickly, rushed him to emergency surgery, and saved his life. Since then, he has undergone multiple open heart surgeries to repair his damaged aorta. Although it has been very difficult to watch my brother go through so much pain and discomfort, the way he has dealt with his recovery has taught me about strength, character, compassion, the importance of laughter and about life! In the process, I have also learned a lot about Aortic Disease.
My goal is to now make others aware of Aortic Disease. My father has an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm which has been monitored for years and is stable. My grandmother (his mother) died in her 60's from an Aortic Aneurysm. Since my brother's dissection, we have learned that aneurysm/dissections can run in the family and it most certainly runs in our family. Had we been more knowledgeable about Aortic Disease, we may have prevented my brother's dissection. I am screened yearly now and so are my kids.
The John Ritter Foundation is dedicated to raising money to support Education, Research and Genetic Studies related to Aortic Health. I have dedicated my last marathon to raising money for this oganization in honor of my brother. Please help me support this wonderful cause!
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.
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.