Two weeks to go!

Twin Cities 10 Mile Race…CHECK.

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We couldn’t have asked for a better first race on the books for Running for Nana, Round Two! What an honor it was to cross the finish line with this incredible lady.

AND, thanks to you, I’m thrilled to share that we’ve already raised over $3,000 for Achieving Cures Together and the fight against C. difficile! I can’t tell you how grateful I am to every person who has joined in this adventure already, and I can’t wait to see where we go from here as we get closer and closer to the goal of $10,000. If you’d like to learn more about how to get involved, head on over to the How Can I Help? tab.

In the meantime, our final race weekend is just two weeks away. As we get close, I want to share some reflections on the 10-Mile race day – one that started with this incredible sunrise.

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And, because it rained as a bit as we got lined up (and through our first couple miles), we had a chance to see this gorgeous rainbow. Nan’s sign that she was with us from the start line.

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We took our own pace together, and it was hard to believe how quickly each new mile marker appeared. Encouraged by all of the incredible race-watchers, clever signs, and selfless volunteers, we just had a blast. Even the uphill climb from mile 4 onward felt doable with so much joyful support.

All of a sudden, we were already next to the Basilica, where we’ve all (Nan included) seen my beautiful sister and brother-in-law perform before – it felt surreal. And then, just beyond the Basilica, we finally had the Capitol – and the finish line – in full view.

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There aren’t really words to describe the feeling of crossing a finish line for the first time next to my mom. Suffice it to say, it was a moment I’ll never forget. We were so lucky to have our incredible support dude (aka Dad/Tom) waiting at the finish line, along with the incredible Laura Mascotti!

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And then, we had the opportunity to attend a post-race event for the Achieving Cures Together team. At the event, we had a chance to meet so many of the incredible folks that made Running for Nana (Round One) possible and who continue to do the same in Round Two.

We met Dr. Alexander Khoruts, one of the leaders of the University of Minnesota’s Microbiota Therapeutics Program. Dr. Khoruts has so graciously given of his time and expertise to share information about this life-saving treatment for patients facing C. difficile like my Nana, and has helped to cure over 100 people from recurrent, refractory C. difficile – all at no charge to the patient.

We met Peter Westerhaus, founder of Achieving Cures Together, and his dad, Jon Westerhaus, who organized the ACT Race Team for the Twin Cities 10 Mile and Marathon. Peter was a recipient of the fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) procedure from the University of Minnesota, and started ACT to support research that will help find cures.

In addition, we met Russell Betts, who was formerly with the University of Minnesota Foundation. We worked together often during Round One to get the funding page set up and ensure all of the dollars were going directly to support Dr. Khoruts’ team and their work. Russell and Jon also ran the marathon as part of the ACT Team – incredible!

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It was such an honor and to meet each of these inspiring people, as well as so many other incredible, dedicated supporters of this effort. So grateful for their passionate, tireless work to end C. difficile and other terrible infections.

We’re gearing up for the final two races of Running for Nana Round Two – a 10K and a Half Marathon – at Walt Disney World in two weeks. If you haven’t already joined us on this adventure, I’d like to invite you to join our fight against C. difficile. Each donation moves us closer to the goal and closer to better outcomes for those who are facing or who will face C. diff.

Thank you again for being a part of this journey – it means more to me than I could ever say. Love to each of you!

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