Achieving Cures Together

Who We Are


We exist to accelerate cures...


By supporting collaborative academic research focused on "natural therapies"...


As a team of passionate volunteers, visionary doctors and invested donors.

We are Achieving Cures Together!

Achieving Cures Together is commited to finding cures by supporting multidisciplinary, collaborative academic research. Our focus is currently on the human microbiota and how microbial restoration and affects our health and wellness.

Through our partnerships with leading academic research programs, we've played an important role in the development of a revolutionary microbial restoration product, we've helped progress groundbreaking research, and we've helped treat suffering patients. Join us in our mission to find cures!

2019 Denver Colfax Marathon

In 2016, my family and I were introduced to Achieving Cures Together (ACT) and the Westerhaus family. In 2015, we lost our beautiful "Nana" (grandma) to C. difficile, and have been "Running for Nana" ever since to fight back against this devastating infection.

In preparing for Grandma's Marathon in 2016, we worked with Dr. Alexander Khoruts and his team at the University of Minnesota’s Microbiota Therapeutics Program to support his research and raise awareness for their fight against C. difficile. Through that partnership, Dr. Khoruts connected us with Peter Westerhaus, a recipient of the lifesaving FMT procedure and the founder of ACT. 

In October of 2017, we had the opportunity to run with the ACT Twin Cities 10 Mile team and attend the post-race event to learn more about ACT's impact in this fight.

Drawing on the energy and promise of this research, we expanded west and ACT became an official Charity Partner in the Colfax Marathon races in Denver, Colorado!

In May 2018, we had 16 people “Running for Nana” in either the 5K or the half marathon, and we were so grateful to have the Westerhaus family join us in Colorado for race weekend! We gathered together for treats and fellowship after the 5K race on Saturday, and had a chance to hear Peter's story and hear more about ACT and breakthroughs in C. difficile research and cures.

We loved growing the ACT community into Colorado and are thrilled to continue this partnership by launching the Second Annual Achieving Cures Together (ACT) team at the Colfax Marathon Weekend in Colorado!! To learn more or to register for one of the races, just visit [RUNNING FOR NANA LINK]. Additionally, we completely understand that running isn’t everyone’s thing! If you’d still like to “Run for Nana” and support ACT, please click here to be redirected to the fundraising page! If you have any questions, please email me at

Thank you so much for considering being a part of our Second Annual Team for the Colfax Race Weekend!


Highlighted Accomplishments

Developed Microbial Restoration Product

In 2016, we supported the development of an encapsulated microbial restoration product that is accelerating research and treatment.

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Advancing Collaborative academic Research

We support multidisciplinary academic research that is progressing cures and have been cited in 6 research publications for our aid.

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Supporting Treatment for suffering patients

We help fund microbial restoration treatment for patients suffering from recurrent Clostridium difficile and have treated over 590 people.

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Highlighted News

January 29, 2019
summer 2015

Congratulations Ashley Margarit! - 2018 Robert E. Wilkens Award Winner

Robert E. Wilkens was an active leader and dedicated advisor for Achieving Cures Together. Upon his passing last September, our organization, his friends, and his family were deeply saddened. Given his commitment to our mission, we felt compelled to honor him and created the Robert E. Wilkens award. Robert had a special intuition for spotting opportunities. He was very successful in his endeavors throughout life, and as a businessman, he had an unrivaled work ethic and a burning passion to learn. Most importantly however, Robert was a loving father and grandfather. He had a big heart for people and was determined and committed to progressing cures and alleviating suffering. He believed in Achieving Cures Together and was beyond generous with his time and treasure. Much of our early success can be attributed to his leadership and generosity. We will be forever grateful for his work as an advisor and supporter and we are humbled to present this award to exemplary members of our community. Grit and determination. Two words to describe Ashley Margarit as she crossed the finish line at the Twin Cities Marathon this past October. Not only did Ashley finish her first marathon on arguably one of the toughest race courses in the country, but she completed the marathon while battling a flare of Ulcerative Colitis. Her determination to finish the race and her commitment to Achieving Cures Together gives us the honor and privilege to recognize Ashley Margarit as the 1st recipient of the Robert E. Wilkens award. Congratulations Ashley, and thank you for your spirit of hard work and perseverance.

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