Mother Of Son With Type 1 Diabetes Thanks Bret For Compassion 

This is Kimberly Gerrish. I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Bret after his amazing show in Thunder Bay this past weekend. I just have to say, that Bret was so compassionate, patient and willing to listen, it was nice to talk with a celebrity that was so caring!

It meant a lot to me to meet Bret, as I shared with him that my 22 year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 2 years old. Its been a challenging illness to saw the least, but the last couple of months have been particularly challenging for Taylor and myself. Two months ago I found my son in insulin shock, minutes away from death after a seizure. He had been drinking the night before, came home and passed out. My son is on the pump which can mean that he can get into danger a lot quicker. Thank goodness I was home and was able to call 911. Taylor had plans to go to Indonesia to volunteer and teach english to children this year, but he has made it his goal to take care of his health first. I shared this traumatic experience with Bret and he was so reassuring. He was candid about how challenging his 20s were. 

He took the time to make an encouraging video for my son which I shared with him. This meant a lot to him hearing the words from someone who knows exactly what life is with diabetes.

My son dedicated many of his younger years as a child ambassador for JDRF. He went into school and service clubs to educate others about the illness. Bret’s work for JDRF puts a face to this chronic illness. I was so touched to hear that that he made a donation to JDRF during his visit in Thunder Bay. I have been impressed with how much energy and time my son has given to getting his diabetes under control over the last year. His blood results have been spectacular. 

People like Bret and Taylor are truly an inspiration. I love that Bret discussed his diabetes at most of his appearances. In our house it has always been our motto that diabetes can never be used an excuse. I know my son will make his mark in the world as well.

Please, please thank Bret again and give him a big hug for me. 

We will cherish his words and special video for Taylor forever xo

  

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Marissa Returns From Diabetes Summer Camp, Gives Thanks To Bret

Marissa Loved Diabetes Camp!

Thank you so much, Bret, for sending our daughter Marissa to diabetes camp at Camp Soles! She just got home today. She had a wonderful week at camp. They spent their time swimming, canoeing, climbing the rock wall, learning archery and making friends. She especially loved the dance party and when her team won first at the “Mock Rock” dance contest. She learned to do her own insulin pump sites this week also! We are so proud of her. We are so happy she was able to spend a week at a place where she fit in and checking her blood and taking insulin was “normal”. The memories & friendships she made will last a lifetime. 

Marissa is 11 and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes almost 3 years ago. She doesn’t let diabetes hold her back from doing anything! We want to thank you not only for sending her to camp, but also for showing her that you can still ROCK with diabetes. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 

Love, 

Kelly, Rich & Marissa 

   

   

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Life Rocks Diabetes Camper Races Motocross Loretta Lynn’s Ranch

Check out this great news and opportunity from our friend Sophia who Bret sent to diabetes summer camp through his Life Rocks Foundation. On behalf of Bret, who is a lifelong type 1 diabetic, an avid Supercross rider himself and good friends with country music legend Loretta Lynn…good luck Sophia! – Team Bret

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Local Racer Earns Spot at Motocross National Championship from Loretta Lynn’s Ranch


Hurricane Mills, Tenn. – Farmington’s Sophia Johnson just made her dream come true. The 18-year-old dirt bike racer has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Johnson took on over 20,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,483 qualifying positions. The class that she will be competing in is the Women’s 16+ All-Star class full of 21 women.


“The Amateur Nationals at Loretta Lynn’s is the event every motocross racer in the country wants to compete in,” said Event Director Tim Cotter. “A win at the Amateur Nationals gives a rider instant national notoriety and can serve as a springboard to a lucrative professional motocross career.”

Most of America’s top professional motocrossers, including James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana and Jeremy McGrath, have won AMA Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn’s. The race is so prestigious that in 2013 race coverage was aired on NBC for the first time ever.

In 2015, the coverage only gets better as the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC National Championship will air LIVE streaming from Loretta Lynn’s on RacerTV.com throughout the week and be broadcast later in the fall on NBC Sports Network.


Johnson, who just graduated from St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists (SPCPA – where she was training in the art of dance), has been riding since she was 3 years old. With the help of sponsors such as Fly Racing, Dunlop Tires, Leatt Protectives, GoPro, Spy Optics, SixSixOne, Bell Helmets, Lucas Oil, Twin Air, Monster Army, and most importantly her mom, dad, friends, and family who help pay her way to the races, Johnson has had the opportunity to pursue her dreams. She started racing competitively when she was 5, and competes nearly every weekend at Spring Creek Motocross in Millville, MN, all of the Motokazie series races in Kellogg, MN and Mankato, MN, and many of the other tracks in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and South Dakota. She is also broadening her national level by starting to compete in other races around the country in different states. Johnson will be starting college in the fall at Iowa State University.

Right in the middle of Sophia Johnson’s Moto career when she was just 12 years old, she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. This is an autoimmune disease in which the pancreas stops producing insulin. She has to monitor her blood sugar hourly and take many injections a day. As an athlete, this is a hurdle that she has to overcome daily to excel at her sport. She is very involved in the Diabetes community and JDRF.

Johnson will make the long journey to Tennessee along with her Father Lonnie, her mother Paula, and a few of her best friends that have been some of the biggest supporters to her. The race runs July 27 – August 1, 2015.

Johnson is just one of the over 20,000 who spent the last four months qualifying for the event. The top finishers in area and regional qualifiers earn a birth into the National Championship race at Loretta Lynn’s. Racers may enter a wide variety
of classes, from minicycle classes for children as young as four, all the way up to a senior division for riders over 50. There are also classes for women and classes for both stock and modified bikes.

The track is built on a section of Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and Campground in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. The course contains a variety of jumps, corners and other obstacles designed to test the skills and stamina of the racers.

Most riders attend the event with the help of their families. In fact, many groups consider the event their family’s summer vacation. Besides races, the ranch provides family-friendly facilities including a game room, swimming pools, arts and crafts activities as well as a fashion and talent show.

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Type 1 Diabetic Daughter Is Her Mom’s Hero

This is a story I know Bret can relate to! My daughter Genavie is 13 years old and is a type 1 diabetic for 5 years now and we all know the struggles of diabetes at such a young age even at older ages. But nothing stops Genavie she feels she was blessed by God with this disease to see how strong she can be in life. If you ask her if she wants a new pancreas she will flat out tell you NO. She never showed an ounce of fear since the day she was diagnosed. My daughter has become my hero she has showed me that she is stronger then me and most adults taking in diabetes like its a blessing. Genavie attends Camp Victory every year. I know Bret is aware of that camp :-). Last year she was made camper of the year because she is so caring she went around helping the other kids. One of the things Genavie does to deal with the stresses of her diabetes is sing, her dream is to one day become famous so she can be a hero for other diabetics her age and let them know just because they are diabetic that does not mean they can’t concur their dreams. Another thing she plans if ever famous is to donate and do a lot of charity for diabetes she has always had a big heart she chose to raise money in school one year and donated it to JDRF. She makes me proud everyday. Genavie has an amazing singing voice.

  

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Bret’s Efforts In Giving Back Inspires Others To Do The Same

I couldn’t resist bringing Bret this sweatshirt! It was so much fun at the meet and greet in Altoona, PA after the Rockin’ For Little Hearts III concert! Bret is such a caring, giving person! He has a way of making all his fans feel so very special!

– Jen

  
We wanted to say thank you for hanging out with us after the show in Syracuse, NY @ The Taste Of Syracuse. It was our pleasure to donate for Diabetes charities to help FIND A CURE! You are the greatest and such an inspiration to me. Because of you and your music my sugars are in better control now and I don’t nor will I ever feel like giving up as I did before because of my struggles through diabetes. KEEP ROCKING ON <3

– Rebecca

  

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A Fan’s Throwback Thursday Story, Meeting Bret, Chemo & Inspiration

I met Bret 2 years ago after a concert in Hampton Beach, NH. I had just been told I needed chemo and cried all day. My friends convinced me to still go to the concert and do a meet/greet. Even though Bret had no idea what was going on, he was so incredibly nice, nicer than I ever imagined he would be. Two years later my treatments, surgeries etc are all done I had a chance to meet him again, this time with my daughter. We had a nice chat, I told him how much it meant to me that he was so kind and my daughter was thrilled to meet him too. In this day and age when stars are hero worshiped, Bret proves that he is the real deal. Bret is so charitable, so kind and thankful to all of his fans. Not only that, but every member of his band is just as nice and I’m so glad he’s feeling better.

 

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Pet Friends Love Bret’s Pets Rock Collection At Petsmart

Max and Buddy want to thank you for their Bret Michaels’ Pets Rock collection toys available at Petsmart that they won in the rescue story contest! They love them! The snake that buddy has is very durable, which is hard to find because he chews up all his other toys, but this one seem almost indestructible! Max loves just hanging out with his ball, he is 14 yrs old so he don’t play much,  but he does like to just lay in he sun with it. Thank you!!! You made my furbabies very happy!

– Jackie

  

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Bret Michaels’ Pets Rock Collection At Petsmart Brings Contest Winner –  The Davis Family Closer Together

To whom it may concern, 

I wanted to say thank you for sending my puppies the coolest Bret Michaels Pets Rock at Petsmart merchandise! They LOVE their new toys. I believe I submitted my story on your site about how we received our two fur babies. They are my world, just as a human baby is their parents world. They have been a lot more active with each other and on their own. This is such a good sign. 

Our eldest chihuahua/miniature pincher mix, has been a bit sick off and on lately and the youngest, 3yr old same breed has tried to get her to play and she wouldn’t have anything to do with him or playing. Now, they have toys and fun things to play with and they don’t tear up the toys like a few others they have done to in the past. 

Bret Michaels, Petsmart and team, thank you all so much for bringing our family closer and thank you for all that you do. I have attached some pictures of our fur babies and their new toys. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 

Sincerely, 

Sigourney, Ben, Jasmine, & Chopper Davis

   

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Inspired By Bret, Dana Pays It Forward To Help Elderly Woman

Hi Bret, 

You truly are an inspiration to me and others. I was in the grocery store last week and an elderly woman was in front of me. Her card was not working and couldn’t pay for her groceries. After watching this I just could not stand idly by. I volunteered to pay her bill and the poor lady just about fell over. The cashier and the other woman in line looked at me like I was completely crazy. All I could think of to say was we are taught to be charitable, right? If more of us did this, just took care of one another it could be a much happier world! You keep doing your thing brother and together we can make it better. Hope to see you in Chicago soon!

Dana

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National Puppy Day – March 23, 2015

Charlie

Today is National Puppy Day, a day to bring awareness about puppy mills and available, adoptable animals at shelters and rescues looking for their very own loving forever homes.

The MEGI family has seen many puppies come through our homes and families, living happily through their golden years.

Last year, we took in a stray dog in hopes of finding her owner or a new home of her very own. The weather was turning cold and we just couldn’t imagine her trying to find a warm place to sleep on a vacant property.

We named her Pinky Lee and much like many dogs on our road and in our family, she just showed up outside our gate and never left. The previous property owners and neighbors have all had to deal with animals being dumped on our road for many, many years.

The dogs we didn’t keep got taken to rescues and found their families. Pinky Lee should have been one of those dogs, but she came with nine puppies that entered the world just a month after we took her in.

Nine puppies, five girls and four boys that are now almost 6 months old. As we search for homes for these puppies, we want to remind you when you are looking for your furry forever family member, visit your local shelter or contact a local rescue. The most adorable little faces are there waiting for homes – even a few older ‘puppies’ that deserve a chance to be loved as well.

Here’s a few of the Pinky Lee Nine to help celebrate National Puppy Day and let’s hope that all the puppies, and older dogs, get their loving families sooner than later. ~ Christine