Welcome! My name is Emily, and whether you’ve been with us since the beginning or are here for the first time, I want to thank you for visiting this site – I’m so grateful that you’re here. Since 2016, we’ve been Running for Nana to celebrate a one-of-a-kind lady and to fight back against C. difficile, the awful infection that took her life. Click the tab at the top to learn more about Nana’s Story, read more about Rounds One, Two, and Three, by simply scrolling to the bottom of this page.

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In 2019, we are thrilled to launch our Second Annual Achieving Cures Together team to “Run for Nana” (or walk or handcycle) in the Colfax Marathon Weekend, May 18th – 19th, 2019! And the best part? We would be so delighted if YOU would join our team!!

Now, before you get nervous, don’t worry. You don’t have to run a full marathon. You don’t even have to run a half marathon. In fact, there are 5 races to choose from. The 5K is on Saturday, May 18th, and all other races are on Sunday, May 19th. An overview of each race is below, and you can click the name of the race to learn more:

Race Miles The Good Stuff
5K 3.1 Stroller, walker, and dog friendly
Urban 10 Miler 10 Picks up on the last 10 miles of the marathon course
Marathon Relay varies A 5-person relay, with legs ranging from 4 to 6.5 miles
Half Marathon 13.1 Runs through the Denver Zoo, Aurora Fire Station #1, and beautiful east Denver
Marathon 26.2 Runs through Mile High Stadium, around Sloan’s Lake, and through stunning west Denver

In whatever way you feel most comfortable, we would love to have you as part of this very fun race weekend.

To register simply click this link and choose the race that suits you best. Once in the registration page, select “Yes” to “Raising funds or awareness for a charity”, and then select Achieving Cures Together (ACT) from the drop down menu. It should look like this:

ACT Registration Photo

Then you’ll be on the team, and we’ll follow up with more information! Now, all that said, we completely understand if running isn’t your thing. If you still want to “Run for Nana” and help us fight C. diff, please visit the How Can I Help? tab or our team fundraising page below! Thank you so, so much for considering.

ACT Fundraising Page Link: https://www.achievingcures.com/colfaxmarathon

Round Three – 2018

In 2018, we joined forces again to create the first ever Achieving Cures Together (ACT) team for the Colfax Marathon Weekend in Denver, CO! In total, 16 incredible people participated in either the 5K race on Saturday or the half marathon race on Sunday, and many more attended the races in support. We had runners join us from as far away as Texas and Minnesota, and we were able to gather together after the 5K race on Saturday.



Round Two – 2017

In the fall of 2017, we joined forces with Achieving Cures Together (ACT) to increase our impact. ACT was founded in 2016 by Peter Westerhaus, a recipient of the lifesaving FMT procedure from the University of Minnesota. Peter started ACT with one goal in mind: to support research that will help find cures.

IMG_6652Together, my mom and I ran the Twin Cities 10-Mile race in October with the ACT Team. Then in November, it was time for a back-to-back 10K and half marathon at the Disney World Wine and Dine weekend. Thanks to the support of incredible people like you, 2017 was another big year in the fight against C. diff.  Through partnership with ACT, the University of Minnesota had successfully treated over 100 patients suffering with recurrent C. difficile infection with the encapsulated microbiota that could not be cured with standard antibiotics. And, it was done at no cost to the patient.

Beginning in 2018, the team began providing the capsule treatment to the Veterans Administration to carry out a multi-center, placebo-controlled trial to treat C. difficile. Through partnership with ACT and supporters like you, the hope is that they will be able to make the treatment widely available to similar patients across the country, and also to continue exploring uses for the treatment beyond C. difficile. For more on Round Two, please click here.


We truly couldn’t have done this or crossed any finish line without you, and are so deeply grateful to each of you who continue to make this dream come true.

Round One – 2016

IMG_2616In June 2016, I ran Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN to fight against C. difficile in celebration of my best friend, my Nana. With you, we partnered with Dr. Khoruts and the University of Minnesota’s Microbiota Therapeutics Program (MTP) – one of the leading C. diff research centers in the country. With the help of philanthropic support like yours, the MTP was able to bring Dr. Matthew Hamilton, PhD, back to their team. Dr. Hamilton previously worked with the MTP to develop capsules of the freeze-dried fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT). Like the FMT procedure delivered through a colonoscopy, the capsules are used to fight C. difficile, and are even more simple, as they can be taken in one session without any special prep. At the time, the encapsulated preparation had already helped to cure ~60 people from otherwise refractory, recurrent C. difficile. To read more about Round One, click here.

18k - 2012 Abbe's Senior Recital - Tom, Emily, Nana, Abbe and Kim