TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Karah’s Story

At the tiny age of 15 months Karah was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Only 1 in 3,000 children this young are diagnosed. Karah is now 19 months old and since diagnosed she has been hospitalized twice and multiple E.R. trips due to her diabetes.

Her story began with her getting very ill and she had seen 4 different doctors before they realized what had been causing all the vomiting and drowsiness. They rushed her by ambulance right away to St. Lukes in Cedar Rapids. When they realized her blood sugar was at a 409 and she was extremely dehydrated, Karah was hospitalized for 5 days while they got her back to normal as best as they could. Due to Karah’s diabetes this has left her mother to have to quit her full time job to care for Karah day and night. Karah is now insulin dependent and gets her tiny fingers pricked 6 or more times a day. She also gets 4, sometimes 5 insulin shots a day.

We are hosting a silent auction, dinner and dance on November 22, 2014 at the Belle Plaine Iowa American Legion.

Money donated for Karah will be going towards current medical bills and to get Karah a Dexcom which is a device that will monitor her blood sugar every 5 minutes so her parents can catch her blood sugar before it gets to high and most importantly before it gets to low.

Melissa Johnson

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TeamBretMichaels.com Feature: Karen’s Story

Dear Bret,

Months ago suicide was on my mind daily. I was in a deep hole of depression due to what life had thrown my way in a 10 month time frame.

June 10, 2013 I suffered a stroke. Fortunately it wasn’t the type you had suffered, but I am left with residuals of tripping over my own two feet and forgetting common words. Small price to pay I know.

September 29, 2013 my Mom died of ovarian cancer, I was devastated. I wasn’t ready to lose my Mom. She was supposed to be here for my children’s weddings and to welcome great grandchildren. The loss left me in disbelief. My Mom was my Mom, how could I possibly move on without her? I had spent six months walking around in a fog. Going through the motions of working but I’d come home everyday, lay down and cry myself to sleep. Life was becoming more unbearable with each passing day.

March 29, 2014 exactly 6 months to the day of my Mom dying, I had finally gone out to dinner with my family trying to start living life again. As we sat waiting for our order, I got a call from my closest brothers roommate. He said my brother had been in a car accident and was at the local hospital but had no other information.

As we rushed to the hospital I called to double check because my brother was a prankster that way. We got to the hospital and were met with a chaplin, a woman from the coroners office and a police officer. My brother wasn’t in his own vehicle and they could not find any ID so he was a John Doe. My husband would not let me go with him to make an official ID of his body. I already knew it was my favorite brother.

The same brother who when was called about my being in the hospital in June from a stroke raced to be by my side and stayed there for hours. Here my brother was laying in a body bag and they wouldn’t even let me hold his hand and tell him how much I loved him. I felt like I had failed him. I was completely non functional and numb from the death of my brother. He had lived his entire 49 yrs as a scrapper. He was loved by everyone he met, but didn’t always make good choices. All he ever wanted was to make an honest living. He was finally doing just that when he died. I’m not even sure he got to enjoy one month of his hard honest earned money.

My brother wasn’t the type to say what he felt. He did tell me he loved me several times in the months leading up to his death. I tried so hard to claw myself out of this massive hole of grief only to realize the more I fought it the farther down I went. It was the week my brother died and I was wearing flip flops that I noticed a small spot on one of my toes. June 5, 2014 I was diagnosed with Invasive malignant melanoma-stage III. I had great Soctors who moved very quickly to amputate my toe, take lymph nodes from my groin and make sure it hadn’t spread.

I’d really just had enough of this thing we call life. I didnt want to go on anymore. I wanted no part of sticking around and see what else it was going to throw my way. Mentally, emotionally and physically I wanted to die. I was in the planning stages of my own death when one 3 minute and 10 second video made me really re-think.

That video was of you joining Casey on American idol soon after you had fought for your life. I had watched the “live” version as you performed, got goosebumps and burst out crying. It was such a relief to me, having been a fan of yours since I was 16 to see you walk across that stage. I knew you weren’t going to let the music stop. Suicidal, depressed and in a terrible state, I watched that youtube video. I cried like I always did while watching it. This time it took on a bigger meaning, a meaning that pertained to my life. You too were probably at your lowest point in life after having just come through several things that should have by all medical purposes ended it. Yet you pushed on. You found the strength to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Maybe I could too. While I can’t say I am completely out of my hole, I am seeing a life outside of it and I have you to thank.

Meeting you after playing your show in Mundelein, IL meant so much to me. Thank you for letting me talk to you.

You ARE exactly how I had imagined you: Genuine.

From the bottom of my heart, I am truly thankful and appreciative for helping me to see there’s a reason for everything and we have to just keep fighting the good fight.

Karen

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Bret Meets Local Tulsa, Oklahoma Diabetes Children

Tonight in Tulsa, Oklahoma Bret Michaels rocked an awesome, record breaking crowd where he met with local children living with diabetes. Michaels, who himself is a lifelong, type 1 diabetic since the age of 6, took time to talk to the children about the importance of good diet, exercise and managing their diabetes. Bret founded his own Life Rocks Foundation that sends children with diabetes to summer camp each year.

– Team Bret

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Do It For The Dogs

Dear Bret,

We are a Non-Profit animal rescue in Grove, OK. We Need Your Help! We are starting our first expansion and renovation in 30 years of existence! One of our goals is to build 18 more Indoor dog kennels with outdoor access so that all our dogs will be protected from the Oklahoma winters/frozen water buckets and sweltering heat in the summer. We saved over 700 dogs and cats last year, all through donations, our Thrift Shop and the hard work of our volunteers/workers. We work with our community and schools to present humane animal education and to promote volunteering so they can appreciate the intensive effort required in caring for the animals awaiting adoption. Through education, we are creating guardians who may help the animals or who may even run our shelter in the future. We believe volunteering builds a strong sense of selflessness and compassion in adults and children alike. We need help raising funds for our modest renovation – our goal is to raise $350,000. As a Non-Profit, we are really stepping out in faith that we can raise this money but it will take generous donors. We are a no-kill, Life Saving organization. I’ve attached a picture of Cassie, one of our wonderful Shelter workers with Jethro the Bassett and Bandana Man! We have just recently partnered with Rescue Waggin so we are very excited to save even more lives through PetSmart’s great program and we know you are very involved with them too! Our fund raising brochure is on our website (top in yellow “Capital Campaign brochure”. We don’t have a hometown hero to champion our cause,maybe you could help or get the word out on your facebook or website www.doitforthedogs.com to help us generate funds – save more lives just like Jethro?! We believe our fund raising slogan says it all: We are their Shelter, but You are their Future! We have a facebook site: Second Chance Pet Rescue of Grand Lake. Our mailing address: P.O. Box 451205; Grove, OK 74345-1205. My name is Laura Roberts, I am a volunteer and help take the pictures that we post to help save lives….Thank You for all you do and for bringing the importance of Rescue to your fans, you really do Rock!

– Laura

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TeamBretMichaels.com Feature: LastHope Pet Rescue & Adoption

If you would like to help find these animals a good home or adopt yourself, please visit: http://www.LastHopeAnimalRescue.org/ Anyone adopting an animal accepts his/her responsibility with respect to the animal. Bret Michaels does not accept the liability or financial responsibility adopting may create. All perspective new owners will be screened to find a mutually beneficial situation matching dogs to good owners.

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story

Bret,

Nicole and I traveled from NJ to Webster, MA to bring an old high school friend, 2X Iraq War Veteran with pancreatic cancer to see you. She was coming from Portland, Maine and her wish was to see you before her surgery on Wednesday 9/17. Unfortunately, her bus had trouble and she never made it to the show in time to see you. You were nice enough to sign an autograph to her and we promised to get her to another show when she is feeling better and you are back in the Northeast.

We also enjoyed seeing you and the guys off at the airport. You are such a great person with a heart of gold. You make every trip of ours special. Thank you.

Love,
Joanne and Nicole

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Kelly Meets Bret & It Starts With A Pick

I wasn’t sure if I was going to share my story or not, but I find myself inspired to open up more and more thanks to Bret and the amazing women I have met because of him. I have been a fan since the fall of 1986, there isn’t a time in my life since then that Bret’s music hasn’t been there to help me through this crazy thing called life. This summer has been no exception. Going through difficult health issues I joined fan groups to meet other fans to help take my mind off of things, I had no idea how awesomely this would impact my life.

I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and would ultimately decide to have my thyroid removed, the surgery taking place just 3 weeks before I was going to PA to see the BMB. The week before the concert, I received a call from my Dr, I had made the right choice. One of the nodules removed had been cancerous, but with my thyroid gone, it was no longer an issue. As the concert approached, I was still recovering from the difficult and complex procedure. The muscles in the front of my neck had been cut and still caused me a great deal of pain. My voicebox had trauma, I was hoarse and couldn’t yell or sing. My face and lips would go numb and tingle, I had to take calcium supplements every other hour, about 15,000mg a day and the scary looking scar on the front of my neck added to my anxiety, my thyroid was so bad and oversized with nodules, they were unable to blend it into a crease in my neck.

My family and the amazing ladies in my group (I had started my own) were wonderful! I had even been brave enough to share a picture of my scar and they reassured me it wasn’t as bad as I had thought. It had been a rough go, but with the concert to look forward to and Brets Life’s Lessons still fresh in my mind, I pushed through, determined not to let it get me down. The day of the show, I had a 3 hour drive. From Baltimore to Reading by way of Sykesville to pick up my cousin, Dorie.

Spurred on by coffee and excitement, we arrived at Reverb at 2:30pm. I was super excited, not only to see Bret and the BMB (with new members Bart and Mike for their first show), but I was supposed to meet up with some of those great women. When Carrie arrived it was even kind of funny she was walking around looking at peoples necks to find me! It was like seeing and hanging out with an old friend and when her friend Elyse arrived, the 4 of us had a blast! (unfortunately, we were unable to meet up with Jenn and Randi, it was packed!)

The show was fantastic! Bret, Pete, Rob, Bart and Mike were awesome, what an introduction to the “new guys”!! Bret even went out of his way to give me a pick! He was playing and reached out to give me a pick and the person in front of me took it from his hand, he said “I’m sorry, give me a sec, I owe you one”. He went to the other side of center and played a bit and tried to give me that pick, again that person took it from his hand. He looked at me in disbelief and said “I’m so sorry, wait a sec”. He reached down and was out of picks! So what did he do? He said “I’m so sorry, I owe you one, gimme one second”, he started looking on the stage for a pick again apologizing and he picked one up, played his guitar with it for a few seconds then placed it directly in my hand, giving it a squeeze, still apologizing! It was so amazing, Bret going out of his way to do that!

After the show, I attended the meet and greet, where as always he is so kind and appreciative of his fans. Through the years, I have been blessed to meet Bret with and without Poison and he always has been so humble and amazing! This time I even braved taking with me a favorite poster I’ve had since 1987 and the look on his face and our conversation was unforgettable, as was the way he carefully folded it for me after he signed it. It was an amazing night, the kind one never forgets.

I have been blessed with many things in life and being able to be a fan of Bret and Poison and having their music touch my life for the last 28 years is one of them….here’s to 28 more!

Kelly

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Hailey Returns From Diabetes Camp!

Dear Team Bret,

Hailey is home now from camp, and what an amazing, life-changing experience she had! When I went to pick her up on Saturday morning, she introduced me to so many new friends she had made, and they were all laughing and telling funny “camp stories”, singing songs (one about Bret Michaels, where everyone “goes to the pole” and sings Every Rose Has It’s Thorn – haha), making bracelets, etc… Nobody wanted to say goodbye! It was obvious that they had such a connection with each other that only they can have.

Sending Hailey to camp has changed her in so many ways. She loved it so much that she wants to go back next year (for two weeks) and learn to be a counselor! I think she would go back to camp this week if she could! haha

Words don’t express the gratitude that I have for Bret and his team. I have loved Bret since his days as frontman for Poison, seen him numerous times in concert (BMB), and watched him in Celebrity Apprentice, Rock of Love and Rock My RV. I have a special place in my heart for him because I know he has battled Type 1 Diabetes since age 6, and I have watched my daughter battle it since age 10. It is a life-long disease with serious implications, and a daily grind of injections and finger pokes. Bret has not let this disease bring him down, even though he has been through so much. Hailey sees this too, and it gives her hope and strength.

Bret, you are the real deal. My faith in humanity is restored when I think of you. Rock on, take care of yourself, and PLEASE, PLEASE come back to Minnesota ASAP!!!

Love,
The Herdine family
Julie, Greg, Emily, Jake and especially Hailey!

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Last Night’s Bret Michaels Rock N’ Relief Concert, Through A Fan’s Eyes

Thank you for an amazing concert! You have done so much for the people of Pilger, NE and the surrounding towns. You donated a very nice amount of money last night and when you presented the check for the Pilger Senior Citizen Center, it brought tears to my eyes. I’ve been working in senior care for over 14 years and it meant so much to me that you did that. You continue to prove why you’re mine and so many others hero and idol!! Thanks again, Bret! See you on the road!

Love, Britt

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See below for complete coverage of Bret Michaels’ Rock N’ Relief Concert to aid Nebraska tornado and storm victims.

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Remaining true to his word on Sunday, August 24th musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist Bret Michaels returned to Norfolk, Nebraska to put on a SOLD OUT Rock N’ Relief benefit concert to aid individuals and families affected by recent tornadoes and storms.

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Michaels, who on his day off recently traveled to Pilger, NE along with his band and crew, also assisted with cleanup efforts after the small mid-American town had been struck by tragic storms. Bret was excited to return to Nebraska joined by a community of friends that include Pilger Sheriff Mike Unger, area police, fire and volunteers with whom he worked side by side with in the trenches to help rebuild the town.

Having personal ties to Nebraska, with family living in the state and nearby affected areas, Michaels has asked lots of local friends, bands, residents, fire, police and volunteers to join him onstage where he made sizable monetary donations through his Life Rocks Foundation to benefit tornado relief efforts.

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TeamBretMichaels.com Bret Michaels / Maria’s Message Distracted Driving PSA

Bret Michaels / Maria’s Message Distracted Driving PSA 

To learn more and read Maria’s story, please visit http://www.mariasmessage.com/ and http://www.mariatiberifoundation.org/