The Michael Treinen Foundation was established in 2008 after Michael Treinen lost his battle

with Leukemia. After his passing his family developed the foundation in order to continue helping others affected by cancer. They team up with various organizations such Riley Children's Hospital, The Indiana Blood Center, the National Bone Marrow Registry and the Ronald McDonald House in order to continue their fight.


With the help of Riley Children's Hospital, the Michael Treinen Foundation donates its funds to support their Moving Through Treatment Campaign. With this campaign the foundation is able to provide exercise and therapy equipment to Riley patients in their Simon Tower. 

We also provide direct financial assistance to patients and their families in need, as well as annual scholarships to athletes at Noblesville High School. 

Michael Treinen was your typical 18 year old, well, maybe not so typical. He was a three sport athlete in high school; football, hockey and lacrosse.

Smile of Victory

Michael was diagnosed with Acute Myleoid Leukemia on May 11th, 2007, just three weeks before his high school graduation. He entered Riley Children's Hospital May 14th to begin the fight for his life. Michael went through five intensive chemotherapy treatments over a seven month period; with round two sending him into ICU for three weeks. 

On December 11th Michael was officially cancer free. However, his remission did not last long. He relapsed January 25th, 2008. Michael needed a bone marrow transplant to survive. Matches were found immediately but due to insurance hurdles by reaching insurance limits, Michael's planned treatment in Seattle was delayed.

During this time his parents sent out a letter pleading for their sons life, asking for donations no

matter the amount, to help raise enough money to pay for his transplant. Within a weeks time, close to  $1 million was raised with donations coming in from all over the country. 

However, due to the insurance delay and the inability to get his cancer under control, Michael was never able to receive the transplant. May 25th, 2008 Michael sadly lost his battle with Leukemia.

During Michael's fight, his first thoughts always went to others; younger patients, nurses, family and friends. During Michael's chemotherapy treatments, he found mental and physical strength by continuing to work out whenever he could. Michael and his mother, Kelly, began raising money for the Moving Through Treatment Campaign in December 2007. His focus was to purchase exercise equipment for Riley Children's Hospital and their patients of all ages.


He was often found at the gym, and had a true passion for fitness, working on his car, and making people laugh. 



Several exercise bikes were purchased and can be seen throughout the 5th floor at Riley as well as in the Simon Tower. Michael wanted to make a difference. Since Michael is unable to pursue his dreams, it is now our goal to fulfill them in his memory. 



Madeline Hirschfeld

Executive Board Member

Madeline Treinen is the younger sister of Michael 

Treinen. She is the owner of HPLED Lighting in Michigan. She has a degree in non-profit management, and has volunteered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Make a Wish, and Girls Inc.


Michele Treinen

 Executive Board Member

Michele Treinen is the youngest sister of Michael Treinen. She is a designer at Salesforce, as well as, the Lead Designer for The Michael Treinen Foundation and its events.

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Kelly Treinen


Kelly Treinen is the mother of Michael Treinen. She is the principal of Promise Road Elementary in Noblesville, Indiana. She is an active fundraiser with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).  In 2015 she was named LLS Woman of the Year and raised over $89,000 for their organization.


Tom Treinen


Tom Treinen is the father of Michael Treinen. He is a residential architect and founder of HPLED Lighting in Indiana. He is an active fundraiser with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). In 2018 he was Runner-Up for LLS Man of the Year and raised over $134,000 for their organization.


Meredith Treinen

 Executive Board Member

Meredith Treinen is the eldest sister of Michael Treinen. She is a creative producer in Los Angeles. She was an active fundraiser for both Kelly and Tom Treinen's Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year campaigns. She also contributes time and effort to The Michael Treinen Foundation Turkey Trot.