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May 18, 2019

2019 Denver Colfax Marathon

Join Achieving Cures Together as we run the Colfax race in Denver, Colorado May 18th and May 19th. It's our second annual Colfax Marathon sponsorship and we're excited to have an energized and passionate team. To join our team, please register at or email Emily Haller with any questions at

October 7, 2018

2018 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and Medtronic TC 10 Mile

On October 7th, we had a team of 10 runners participate in the Twin Cities Marathon and 10 Mile race. These runners sacrificed their time and energy through tireless training and fundraising efforts and we are proud and grateful for their commitment and support. Following the race, we held an event at the Town and Country Club, where we had three speakers provide information on microbial restoration, graft-versus-host disease, and pediatric obesity. Thank you to all our runners, donors, and volunteers who made this day so special!

May 19, 2018

2018 Denver Colfax Marathon

On May 19th and May 20th, 14 runners participated in the Colfax Marathon, 10 mile race and 5K in Denver, Colorado to support Achieving Cures Together. It was a phenomenal event filled with energy and passion! Way to go team!

October 1, 2017

2017 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and Medtronic TC 10 Mile

The Achieving Cures Together 2017 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon and Medtronic Twin Cities 10 Mile race was a huge success! This video captures some of the highlights from the day.

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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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January 28, 2019
summer 2015

Germs in Your Gut Are Talking to Your Brain. Scientists Want to Know What They’re Saying.

The body’s microbial community may influence the brain and behavior, perhaps even playing a role in dementia, autism and other disorders.

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January 8, 2019
summer 2015

NSAID-Altered Microbiome Exacerbates C.diff Infections

Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is the most common hospital-acquired infection in the U.S., and has become a global public health issue. The infection can cause a range of gastrointestinal symptoms, which estimates suggest ultimately result in nearly 30,000 deaths every year in the U.S. alone. While the most significant risk factor for CDI is antibiotic treatment, studies in mice by a team at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine now provide new evidence that connects the use of common nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) with increased severity of CDI. Their results also point to the molecular mechanisms that underpin this link.

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December 3, 2018
summer 2015

Fecal Microbiota Transplant Documentary Coming 2019!

A new documentary film (due to be released early next year) looks at the effect of Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT) for a number of diseases including C. diff which has been shown to have a cure rate of 90%! Despite these amazing results, many medical professionals are still unaware of this treatment and its efficacy. Throughout the film, director Saffron Cassaday, who herself has suffered from ulcerative colitis for nearly a decade, interviews several leading researchers and medical experts, including those who are working on different methods for delivering this life-saving treatment. Her investigation takes her down a path she did not expect to travel and enlightens her on the power “poop” has to affect our health, happiness and possibly even our physical appearance. The goal of the film is to raise awareness of this medical breakthrough and the importance of maintaining a healthy gut microbiome in hopes that lives can be saved and the escalation of Super Bugs and Chronic Diseases can be curtailed. Although the film will not be released for several months you can follow the filmmakers and access information about FMT from their website

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