According to Michele's doctor, a stem cell transplant is her best chance of regaining the ability to breathe on her own. But, Michele says, her insurance company denied her claim. Lisa called, and the company maintained their position that stem cell transplants are an unproven treatment for scleroderma.
However, Michele's doctor confirms that stem cell transplants have been benefiting patients with sclerorderma for more than seven years. Michele and Gary say they'll continue to raise funds in hopes of reaching the estimated $160,000 needed for the transplant.