TeamBretMichaels.com Feature: Anja’s Story Inspires Mattel/American Girl Dolls Diabetes Accessories

Dear Bret,

Last year you featured my daughter Anja and her petition to get Mattel/American Girl to make diabetes accessories for their dolls.

Click here to read TeamBretMichaels.com’s first story on Anja

I wanted to update you on our progress and let you know that her petition was a success! Starting January 1st girls all over the world will be able to buy diabetic accessories for their dolls and stuffed animals. The diabetes care kit includes an insulin pump, meter, insulin pump, lancing device, glucose tablets, medical alert bracelet, ID card, insulin pump skin stickers,and carrying case. Mattel/American Girl gets bombarded with tons of requests every year asking them to make certain kinds of dolls and accessories. We are so excited that Mattel chose to make this product. This will make so many kids who struggle with this chronic disease and help them to not feel alone. The company began selling these kits in select stores this week and the response has been amazing!

Not only are type 1 diabetics buying these kits, but kids with a loved one suffering from diabetes and even boys who are using these kits on their stuffed animals. People are also donating these kits to diabetes clinics and hospitals to use as a teaching tool. We just wanted to thank everyone out there that shared our story, signed our petition, and wrote encouraging messages of support. So many people all over the world have already expressed interested in the buying diabetes care kits. Thank you Mattel/American Girl!

Sincerely,
Ingrid

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Bret Michaels Teams With A.J. Hawk To Help Sofia & Vincent

Update: We received these photos as a follow up to the story we did below just before the holidays where Bret Michaels’ Life Rocks Foundation and good friend A.J. Hawk’s Locks For Kids teamed up to help two awesome kids. 

Just today one of the children, Sofia (aka Moo) received her wig. So happy for Moo and a huge thank you to Hawk’s Locks, our friends at Gemini Salon and Spa in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Kelly Ferro for the cut and style, and Leslie Thomas Zevnik at Wigs For Kids.

For more info and how you can donate to Bret and A.J’s respective foundations to continue helping other children visit the following links below. – Team Bret 

Bret’s Life Rocks Foundation @ https://www.crowdrise.com/fundraise-and-volunteer/donations/bretmichaelsliferocks/bretmichaels

A.J.’s Hawk’s Locks For Kids @ http://www.hawkslocksforkids.org

  
In the spirit of the holiday season, we’d like to share with you the following stories of hope, compassion in helping others and the off chance that two people can positively affect each other without even knowing it. Meet Sofia and Vincent, two children battling illness and circumstances beyond their control. Oddly enough, these children have never met each other nor have they ever spoken a word to the other, but their stories are linked together by way of two great friends in musician Bret Michaels and NFL linebacker A.J. Hawk through their respective charitable foundations.

Bret MichaelsLife Rocks Foundation recently met a spunky, outgoing 8 year old girl named Sofia who is battling lymphoblastic leukemia and because of intense treatments had lost all of her hair. Sofia’s fight with leukemia hasn’t been an easy one, but she remains strong receiving an outpouring of support from great family, friends, hospital staff and doctors. Even at 8 years old, Sofia has learned the meaning of paying forward certain gifts and toys she has received in an effort to brighten the day of another child going through the same thing she is. Sofia’s only wish, other than to beat leukemia, is to receive a wig.


Being that Bret and A.J. are great friends, Bret and his Life Rocks Foundation reached out to A.J. and his Hawk’s Locks For Kids foundation to see if they could help Sofia’s wish could come true. Without hesitation Hawk’s Locks For Kids went to work making this wish a reality and just recently Sofia had measurements taken for her new wig that she will receive in the coming weeks.

During the initial contact between Bret’s and A.J.’s foundations, Life Rocks met Vincent through Hawk’s Locks For Kids. Vincent is a vibrant, outgoing, awesome 13 year old boy who is living with Type 1 diabetes and autism. Bret, who is a Type 1 childhood diabetic himself, formed his Life Rocks Foundation out of necessity. One of the initiatives of Life Rocks is to cover the cost to send children living with diabetes to summer camp each year. In addition, Bret’s Life Rocks Foundation helps in teaching others how to manage their diabetes while raising awareness. With that being said Bret Michaels’ Life Rocks Foundation is sending Vincent to diabetes summer camp in 2016.

Huge thank you to A.J. Hawk’sHawk’s Locks For Kids” and Wigs For Kids on bringing their foundations together with Bret’s Life Rocks Foundation to get it done for these children.

We encourage you, if you have the means, to please consider making a donation to each of their great charities to continue helping great children like Sofia and Vincent. – Team Bret

Click here for more info and how you can donate to Bret Michaels’ “Life Rocks Foundation”.

Click here for more info and how you can donate to A.J. Hawk’s “Hawk’s Locks For Kids”.

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story

In the spirit of the holiday season check out this story of giving and receiving the ultimate gift. – Team Bret

 

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: A Daughter’s Hero Is Her Veteran Father

With Veterans Day approaching, I’m asking to share the attached photo of my 91 year old Dad.

Dad is a World War II Veteran, he was a Japanese prisoner of war, one of only 7 whom survived the camp. He’s now the last living. He’s not only a Veteran, but my Hero. 

GO NAVY!

– Michelle Lavelle
 
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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: A Mother Channels Loss To Help Others

I wanted to share the story of losing my son to underage drinking when he was 16. After finding him in a field passed away I knew then that I would share this story and help in anyway I could to share the dangers of underage drinking. I now work with a local group parents empowered and share Braxton’s story in hopes that someone will be saved from our families tragic event. 

I will forever share this and help anyone I can. If we all shared ourselves this world would be a amazing place. Bret you are an inspiration and I thank you for all you do.

Bobbi

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Inspired By Bret, Daughter Walks To Celebrate Mother’s Memory 

On September 3, 2013 my life changed in a way I was not prepared for. My Mother, Mona who was completely healthy died unexpectedly from a massive ruptured brain aneurysm at the age of 59. She was the most beautiful person on the inside and out and lived her life with such a passion for life! Her motto was “Life is a Celebration!” 

Since my Mother’s passing, I wanted to do something positive and make a difference in the world like she did. I came across the Brain Aneurysm Foundation website and saw that I could organize a walk in my Mom’s honor. I also came to find out that September is brain aneurysm awareness month which is the month she passed away. I along with my family decided that September would be the month that we would have our event. 

We organized a 3 mile walk this past September 27, 2015 around beautiful lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, MN and for our first event it was a huge success! We raised over $5,000! The memory of my Mom will live on forever and now by our family having this walk to remember Mona, her love and laughter will be spread to all those who knew her by shining a little light on the fact that she’s gone, but never forgotten! And, she lives in our hearts forever! 

Also, Mona loved music and loved to dance! We had an acoustic musician play at our walk and next year we plan to have even more music! Our family loves music, Bret Michaels and we truly believe music is therapy for the soul! Thankfully 2 months before my Mom passed away we were able to take her to a Bret Michaels concert! She absolutely loved it!!! 

Our hope is by having our walk each year we will continue to spread awareness about the devastating disease of brain aneurysms and the signs and symptoms, and that brain aneurysms are hereditary. We are thankful that now each year in September instead of remembering that it is the month she passed away, we have a positive event to look forward to where we can see all friends, family and meet new friends along the way and celebrate the life of a woman who was larger than life! 

Thank you for letting me share my story. Peace, love, rock ‘n roll! -Tanya

  

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Martha’s Angels Thank Bret For Breast Cancer/Pinktober Support

Bret, 

You did for us what no one has done in 4 l/2 years of pounding the pavement. What an awesome time we had at Velvet Sessions Pinktober. Thanks to you and the Loews Hotel, we received a check for $10,509.03 and they are not done yet in the fight against breast cancer!

You don’t know how many people we will be able to help beacause of this. 

Love always to you and the B*M*B,

Hill and Mom

 

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TeamBretMichaels.com Photo: Bret Sends Avery To Diabetes Camp!

Thank you Bret for sending our daughter Avery to Diabetes camp.

Denise :)

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Treyden’s Cabin Grand Opening At The Marshfield Clinic Wisconsin

We’d like to share an update to a story that has been a work in progress. Our friends Cassie and Travis have let us know that Treyden’s Cabin had it’s grand opening this past week! The cabin which is open at the Marshfield Clinic is the hard work of a lot of people including Treyden’s parents Cassie and Travis in memory of their son, as well as a personal donation from Bret through his Life Rocks Foundation.

To learn more about Treyden, Treyden’s Cabin at the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin and see great photos of the cabin, please click the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/SavingTreyden

Thank you!

– Team Bret

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At last night’s Bret Michaels show in Wausau, WI, Team Saving Treyden was out in full force and left an inspiring, memorable presence. Upon learning of Treyden’s condition, The Life Rocks Foundation made it’s mission to help the Kurtzweil family during this difficult time. Treyden’s family and friends showed support by wearing orange shirts during the course of the night ending with Bret bringing Treyden’s parents Cassie and Travis onstage to honor Treyden’s memory.

On behalf of Bret and everyone at MEGI, Treyden will forever be with us. Treyden, Cassie, Travis and the Kurtzweil family will forever be apart of us.

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Treyden’s parents, Cassie and Travis Kurtzweil

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Treyden’s parents, Cassie and Travis Kurtzweil joining Bret onstage.

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Treyden

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TeamBretMichaels.com Photo: Scott Thanks Bret For Cancer Support 

Thanks again Bret for your support in the fight on cancer – Scott

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