This race raises funds specifically earmarked for research to be sent to the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health for a better understanding of Aortic Aneurysm and Aortic Dissection so that aortic disease can be better understood and managed. It also helps to educate others on the risk factors and symptoms of aortic disease in order to save lives from premature death due to these conditions.
The race is a main fundraising event, but coupled with selling run/awareness merchandise, smaller fundraising ideas and individual donations throughout the year, we raise a generous amount in order to help the mission of the foundation….to save lives. We couldn’t do that without your help and participation; we send you our sincerest thank you.
2016 – Donations alone to the foundation after the director of Run for Aortic Health survived an aortic dissection in mid 2015.
2017 – 5K Run & Strollerthon
What started initially to fund a pregnancy related aortic dissection video, turned into a fundraiser to the foundation after a local hospital took on the awareness video pro bono. You can view the video here: https://youtu.be/FX2kLo-oJcs
$3,165 from run alone
$7,113.50 – Total to the foundation for the year
2018 – Run for Aortic Health
It was a successful year two for the run as the number of participants increased and more were educated about aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection along the way. Spreading awareness is a top mission of the director. Money for research is outstanding as it is crucial to better understand and manage aortic illness, but educating the general public on the terms and symptoms will also save lives.
$5,514.60 from run alone
$15,540 – Total to the foundation for the year
2019 – Run for Aortic Health
With just under 200 finishers on race day, it was a fantastic turnout and a beautiful day. More people continue to be reached. Most have never heard of aortic dissection; others have already been affected by aortic disease. This year was special with a surgeon, a few survivors and family members honoring loved ones joining us both virtually and here in Texas. Until next September we will continue to Think Aorta.
$6,216.75 from run alone
$9,970 – Total to the foundation for the year.