Growing Hope: A Vineyard Dinner with Wine & Jazz

Please join us at our fall fundraiser, Growing Hope hosted at the Winery at Sovereign Estates on September 16th!

Saving lives by advancing microbiome research

Who We Are

Over the past two decades our gut microbes, the bacteria, fungi and viruses that reside in our gastrointestinal tract and break down and digest food, have markedly declined in diversity. This is largely due to our heavy antibiotic usage, our Western diet, and our clean, sanitized lifestyle. With this decrease in diversity, our society is experiencing rapid growth in many diseases and disorders such as Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Autism, Superbugs, Depression, Obesity, Diabetes, Allergies and more.

Achieving Cures Together exists to progress microbiome research and find cures to these horrific diseases. To do this, we’ve partnered with world-leading researchers at the University of Minnesota where we’re studying the benefits of Intestinal Microbiota Transplants and the restoration of damaged gut microbes. We believe there is significant potential in restoring damaged gut microbes, and with your support, we will continue to save lives.

Highlighted Accomplishments

Developed Revolutionary Product

ACT supported the development of a revolutionary encapsulated microbial restoration product.

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Supporting A new Research frontier

ACT has supported 25 clinical trials utilizing microbial restoration to target 13 illnesses.

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alleviating human suffering

ACT has supported microbial restoration treatment for over 2,000 patients suffering from recurrent Clostridioides difficile.

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Highlighted Events

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!


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