Greetings, and happy Saturday!
I hope this post finds you safe, healthy, and well as can be in the midst of these challenging times.
I’m writing today to invite you to join us for the first ever Virtual Run for Nana and Achieving Cures Together (ACT) Appreciation Event to end C. difficile! While we hope to be together for a rescheduled Colfax Marathon Weekend in the fall, we are SO grateful for the opportunity to creatively gather for celebration, appreciation, community, and hope. [PLUS! There are special guests!]
When is the event and who can come?
The virtual zoom event is on Saturday, May 16th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. You are ALL invited, along with any of your friends and family! Please feel free to invite others.
So what are we going to do at a virtual event?
Don’t worry – you don’t have to run! [Unless you want to, in which case we’ll share fun ways to complete your run and connect with ACT!] At the event, you’ll hear how ACT and the Microbiota Therapeutics Program (MTP) at the University of Minnesota are pioneering critical research in the fight to end C. difficile and other awful conditions. And of course, we’ll share about our special Nana and why we’ve spent the last 5 years running in celebration of her.
You said something about special guests??
YES! A silver lining of doing a virtual event is that we will have three special guests:
- Peter Westerhaus, Founder of ACT
- Christie Lansdowne, Executive Director of ACT
- Dr. Alexander Khoruts, Medical Director of the Microbiota Therapeutics Program at the University of Minnesota
Peter Westerhaus founded ACT in 2017 after experiencing C. diff firsthand. Christie Lansdowne joined ACT in 2019 as the Executive Director and continues to drive ACT forward by supporting the treatment of patients with C. diff and continuing to push for cures. And Dr. Alexander Khoruts has been at the cutting edge of research on C. difficile to help end this terrible infection and others like it. Thanks to his research, over 590 individuals have been cured of recurrent C. difficile. We are thrilled that Dr. Khoruts can join us and share more about the current work that his team is focusing on, including responses to COVID-19.
Can’t wait – how do I sign up?!
If you are able to join us for this special event, please let me know and I’ll send you the zoom link for the event!
Thank you so much for being a part of this community. I can’t tell you how much your continual support, love, and joy means to me. I hope to “see” you on Saturday, May 16th!