Like many here, Mrs. Ritter´s entire life has been affected by Barth syndrome first in her early years with the loss of a cousin and a brother and later on in life with the death of her son Shawn. This led her to believe that something was going on in the family and to genetic counseling which led to the diagnosis of Barth syndrome. A few months after this diagnosis, Ryan, who is affected by Barth syndrome, joined his older sister Stephanie and unaffected brother Andrew in the Ritter household. It was after the 2002 conference in Baltimore that Cathy and some fellow Canadians decided to form the Barth Syndrome Foundation of Canada of which she is an acting board member. Mrs. Ritter is a registered nurse by profession who specialized for many years in sick and premature newborn infants but currently works as an Organ Donation Coordinator with the Provincial Government. She has been married to her high school sweetheart Chris for 34 years and in her spare time enjoys working in her garden in Utopia, Ontario or relaxing at the cottage with family.