Hello and happy April!
I am so very excited to share that we’ve officially kicked off Running for Nana: Round Three! In Rounds One and Two, we partnered with Achieving Cures Together (ACT) and Dr. Alexander Khoruts from the University of Minnesota’s Microbiota Therapeutics Program (MTP) to fight back against the C. difficile infection. Thanks to philanthropic support:
- Over 100 patients with recurrent C. diff have been successfully treated with the encapsulated microbiota that could not be cured with standard antibiotics – all at no cost to the patient.
- 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 fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) to fight C. diff.
- In 2018, the team will be providing the capsules to the VA to carry out a multi-center, placebo-controlled trial to treat C. diff. The hope is to make the treatment widely available to similar patients across the country, and to continue to explore uses for the treatment beyond C. diff.
- The team was able to publish their work in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
This progress would not have been possible without you and your incredibly generous support, and I cannot thank you enough for being part of this journey. For more information, visit the About page above.
So now, more about Running for Nana: Round Three!! [drumroll…]
In Round Three, we are creating a “Running for Nana” Team to run (and/or walk) in partnership with Achieving Cures Together in the Colfax Marathon Weekend – May 19-20, 2018!! And the best part?! I am delighted to invite YOU to join our team – in whatever way is comfortable for you!!
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. Here’s the run down on each race, and you can click the links 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. On the marathon course!|
|Half Marathon||13.1||Runs through the Denver Zoo, a working fire station, and beautiful Denver streets|
|Marathon||26.2||Runs through Mile High Stadium, around several beautiful bodies of water, and through stunning west Denver|
Wherever 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, just click “yes” when the screen looks like the photo below. Then, select our charity partner, Achieving Cures Together (ACT) from the drop down menu and you’ll be on the team! Once you sign up, we’ll be in touch about more details.
Thank you so much for considering being a part of Round Three!! Together, we can make a big difference for people currently facing or those that will face C. difficile. More to come along the way!