BENEFITING: JOHN RITTER FOUNDATION FOR AORTIC HEALTH
ORGANIZER: JOHN RITTER FOUNDATION FOR AORTIC HEALTH
On July 16, 2015 my mom went into a Walgreens to purchase some ibuprofen. She was experiencing “excruciating” pain shooting up her arm and into her neck. She believed this pain was due to over exerting herself, because she had been sanding and staining the wood floors of her new house for the past few days, and nothing more. As she walked into the store she was gripping her chest, she turned to walk down the aisle where the pain medication was kept, and as she did, she collapsed and within seconds she was gone. She was only 67 years old and the pain she was experiencing was from an aortic dissection.
My mom, Rese Scott, was my greatest champion, my hero, my best friend, my one and only incredible, and amazing mom. She truly was the center of my world. She was kind, gentle, generous and forgiving to a fault. A remarkable and gifted human being who brought an abundence of joy in every life she touched. I was truly blessed to have such an incredible human being to call my mom. She taught me how to be kind, to live fully, love completely, and laugh often. I miss her presence every second of every day. However, my mom was a strong, positive, and optimistic force of life who would not want me, or any of her loved ones to wallow in her absence. So I move forward by trying to assist, in any way I can, to bring an end to thoracic aortic disease, so other families do not have to experience such a sudden loss. So I ask for you to please assist me in this goal by donating to the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health (JRF), where I will be running the New York Marathon, for the first time, in honor of my most incredible and amazing mom.
The John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases at The University of Texas Health Science Center goal “is to prevent premature deaths due to thoracic aortic disease by improving diagnosis, treatment, and public awareness of this disease.” They have made great strides to date, however, there is still so much more to do and funding is needed. Due to this disease there are approximately 15,000 to 20,ooo deaths annually, and most people who suffer from an aortic dissection were unaware they had this condition. Furthermore, a majority of people who are diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm, were actually being treated for other conditions, unrelated to thoracic health, at the time the aneurysm is discovered. If discovered, an aortic aneurysm can be monitored and treated before it becomes life threatening, and the John Ritter Foundation is at the forefront of the research being done to detect genetic connections and find simpler ways to diagnosis this disease. So please donate and help us bring an end to aortic disease.
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.