Michael has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for 20 years. MS is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system. He has participated in multiple drug trials and some of them worked for a while — others did not. At this point, Michael has depleted all effective treatment options, except one.

In 2015, we read an article in the Seattle Times regarding a patient from Seattle who underwent a Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Seattle, WA. The results were nothing short of amazing (click this link) http://bit.ly/WAHSTC HSCT treatment uses an individual’s own stem cells to halt the progression of MS.

Michael’s insurance denied his treatment request even though he was accepted by Fred Hutchinson. Without insurance coverage, the center requested a cash payment of $434,000 in advance of any treatment with estimated total expenses exceeding $500,000. We began to search for a more affordable facility outside the US and after many stops and starts, Michael was “approved” in the Philippines in March. Unfortunately, on April 18 they told us they need to cancel our bed date until further notice.

We had also applied to Israel with Dr. Rowe, an option highly recommended by Michael’s neurologist in Seattle. Amazingly enough, Dr. Row accepted Mike on April 19th with a treatment date in May!

We are thrilled and excited at the prospect of halting the progression of Michael’s MS in its tracks! However, our family needs your help to raise $140,000, which will cover the cost of treatment in Israel and travel costs. Michael wants desperately to continue contributing to his family and society as well as aid other MS sufferers by spreading awareness about HSCT and sharing his personal journey.

To help offset such expenses, a fundraising campaign in Michael’s honor has been established with HelpHOPELive, a trusted nonprofit organization that has been providing community-based fundraising guidance to patients and their families for more than 30 years. All donations are tax-deductible, are held by HelpHOPELive in the Northwest Stem Cell Transplant Fund, and are administered by HelpHOPELive for illness-related expenses only. Expenses are mounting daily we are still seeking help. If you would like to make a contribution, please click the DONATE NOW bar now after clicking the link below.


From our hearts, thank you for reading our story. We appreciate everyone’s emotional and financial support; it means the world to us! If possible, we hope that you will please consider making a contribution to help HALT the progression of Michael’s MS.


Holly Bacon Warren & Family