Michael's Hope for Healing

My name is Michael Mandel and I struggle daily with a debilitating and painful case of Crohn's Disease. 

Ten years ago, my life was going great, I was enrolled in a graduate program at UC Davis and had aspirations to be a research scientist.

All that until I started experiencing stomach pain and was diagnosed with Crohns disease. in 2008. Literally overnight, my health rapidly deteriorated and I had to spend all my time, energy and resources struggling to survive. I was forced to drop out of graduate school, move back to my home town of Saint Louis, and spend the next 9 years in pain, hardship and confusion as I went in an out of hospital over 50 times. The pain is overwhelming, even simple tasks become impossible, sleep was a thing of the past and there was no respite. 


I did my best to find the top doctors in Missouri, from GI to Pain Specialists, but after seeking treatment for years, the doctors literally through up the hands and said we have nothing more to offer you, your only hope is moving to Los Angeles where you can get access to one of the top Crohn's teams in the world.

And so I did, on October 23rd, I boarded a flight by myself to a city of strangers, racked in pain, I almost passed out at LAX when I arrived, but I was able to make it by cab to Cedar Sinai hospital where I spent the next week trying to get the medical care I urgently needed

For the first time in ten years, I was given a glimmer of hope. Things were tough, but the GI specialists are taking my complex case to a team of over 100 Crohns experts to help decide how I can improve my health which is suffering in so many ways. 

There are two treatments which can help my pain and healing tremendously. One of them is ketamine infusion which will help heal my pain and the other is stem cell treatments which will help repair the nerve damage that my body has undergone. The cost of these treatments alone is over $15,000.

Right now, I am living off meager saving, trying to afford the basics, living in people's living rooms, moving around every few days, struggling to go shopping, doctors, I'm here on my own. 

I would love to work, I'm an experienced tutor and have a strong scientific background, but without being about to control the pain, my only option is to try to survive on the scant disability checks that don't even cover my basic needs...

This is why I'm reaching out to for your support...

I need $36,000 to spend the next 6 months in Los Angeles to try to get my life back. My basic expenses, rent, special food that my Crohns can handle, constant medication, transportation, the Ketamine and Stem Cell treatments, this is my only hope!

No one deserves to suffer the way I have over the last decade. 

Please give me the gift of life. 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, 

Michael Mandel


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Michael Mandel 
Los Angeles, CA
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