Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic condition that affects an estimated 400,000 people in the United States alone. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, “multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.” This progressive disease does not have a cure, but can be managed through medications.
A procedure called Hematopietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) is currently being studied as a potential treatment option for MS patients. Previously only available to cancer patients who were not responding to chemotherapy, HSCT has been successful in stopping the progression of MS. In a 2015 article from Healthline, “[r]esearchers found that at post-transplant half of the patients showed a marked improvement in disability. Of the patients who were followed for four years, more than 80 percent remained relapse-free.”
HSCT is expensive however, costing around $125,000 for the one-time treatment. RedBasket.org understands the benefit of this treatment and has hosted fundraising pages for several MS patients hoping to receive treatment. This procedure is not offered by insurance, and patients often have to travel a far distance for the treatment. If you or someone you know is looking to raise money to pay for MS treatments, including HSCT, consider RedBasket.org.
Here are a few of the projects raising money for HSCT:
To learn about MS and other available treatment options, please visit http://www.nationalmssociety.org/.