Welcome! My name is Emily and I want to thank you for visiting this site. In June, I'll be running Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, MN to support C. difficile research in celebration of my best friend. This is the fundraising page for this adventure, and I encourage you to visit the blog as well, if you haven't already.
My goal is that together, we can raise $10,000 to support the life-saving work of the University of Minnesota's Microbiota Therapeutics Program (MTP). I would like to invite you to join me in making a donation that is meaningful to you - no amount is too small. Every dollar raised will move us closer to the goal and will make a big difference for patients fighting the C. diff infection.
I pledge to donate two dollars for every one mile I run while training for the marathon. At the time of launching this funding page, I have run 219.67 miles, and I am so thrilled to kick off our fundraising by donating $439.34. I look forward to donating again after the marathon is complete.
All funds raised will go directly to the MTP Fund within the U of M Foundation. The Fund supports the work of the MTP for several microbiota-related therapies, including those related to C. diff. So, what will our donations support? The funds raised through this marathon will serve two key needs:
- Outreach and education for recruiting microbiota donors. The MTP must continue to recruit for new microbiota donors in order to sustain the Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) procedures. It is an extensive, highly selective process to become an eligible donor.
- Training for young research scientists and physicians with an interest in microbiota-host interactions. This workforce expansion is crucial to be able to continue the cutting edge research for C. diff and other superbugs.
Please click the "Give Now" button at the right to make a donation to the MTP. You will receive a receipt for your gift that can be used for tax purposes, and your name will appear in the donor box at the right. You can also choose to give anonymously. For every person that gives to C. diff or to others (see the blog for more information), I will add a bead to a bracelet I'm going to wear on race day. I know this marathon is going to be tough, both mentally and physically, and I am going to need to be reminded of each of you to keep going.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you so, so much!
If you have additional questions about what your donation will support, please feel free to contact Russell Betts, Development Officer for the Department of Medicine/University of Minnesota Foundation (firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-626-4569). I want to thank Russell for his encouragement, kindness, and support in creating this funding campaign and in training for this marathon.