TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Family Pet Rescues Brownie, Becomes Hero & Friend

In April 2012 it was decided we would get a dog, my husband let me be in charge of this and we knew we wanted to adopt from an animal shelter. It had been a rough two years, our oldest daughter had been very sick and in and out of specialty hospitals. I knew it was time for our whole family to have a pet to help them heal from everything we had been through. The search began, and the first dog we wanted from our local humane society fell through, we were next in line on the waiting list. I read a news article a few days later about a huge puppy mill raid on the other side of our state, and the horrific things these poor dogs had been through. It felt right, so we hopped in the car and drove quite a ways to see the dogs from the raid. My daughter kept telling me we needed to see this dog, the poor thing was so scared and shaking. I was hesitant to say the least, my youngest two children are rambunctious to say the least. When we met him and spent time with him in the little room that was it, let’s just say he picked us. Our Brownie had lived in a small kennel with 40 other dogs for the first three years of his life. We took him home and loved him and reassured him, he was scared of everything, he didn’t know what grass was, he was afraid of the wind, for the first two weeks I had to sit a few feet away from him to get him to eat and he would look to me for reassurance. He has blossomed, he loves the snow and car rides, and snuggling on a lap. I often say he deserves to be spoiled because he had such a rough life. But most of all his bond with my daughter can never be overlooked, when she is not feeling well from her medical issues, he won’t leave her side, they are bonded for life. Truly he saved us, and has been a tremendous blessing for our whole family.

Kathy Burgess

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Photo: Britt & Brownie

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Pet Adopt Helps Family Cope After Bout With Breast Cancer

My sweet angel mom passed away from breast cancer on May 10, 2013. She was 80 years young. We were devastated, sadness lingered our home. I thought maybe getting a dog would help with the healing process not only for us but my children as well. So I went to a local animal shelter and there she was, sitting as close as possible to the front gate as if to say pick me! She was so cute and sad at the same time. Snoopy we call her is a Beagle-Hound mix she was 6 months old and in a cage all by herself. I knew that she was meant for us. Since then she is a big part of our family and we love her very much.

Donna Jeffers

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TeamBretMichaels.com Pet Rescue Story: Bonnie Adopts Ralphie!

My son is doing an internship at a place called Animal House, which is where dogs and cats are sent from the pound so that they are not put to sleep. Anyways, my son was telling me stories about the dogs and I decided I wanted to go take a look. My other dog Tiberius seemed depressed after Dargo left, which was my son’s ex-girlfriends’ dog. My mom and I went down to Animal House to look at the dogs and as we walked through looking at the dogs which were all so precious we came upon a pen where there were several puppies and before I knew it there was this pup named Ralphie who started waving his paws, “like take me please”. I immediately said, “this is the one” and my son smiled. We got to take the dog to the family pen where we got to spend time with him. I wondered about Tiberius and was worried if he would be ok with this pup so I went back home picked Tiberius up and went back to the Animal House and they brought Ralphie out to the pen where we spent time together. Next thing I knew I was putting the $25 down to adopt the pet and they told me to return on Sunday with the rest of the money after Ralphie got fixed and got a chip put in. Needless to say we are now the proud owners of this cute little Chorgy named Ralphie. He is my Christmas to all my family but really my dog.. LOL! He loves sleeping right next to me. By the way he is sporting a Bret Michaels collar from the Pets Rock collection at Petsmart.

Bonnie Lynn Katzell Muench

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Kirkland Returns From Diabetes Camp, Gives Thanks To Bret

Hello Mr. Edwards,

I just want to send a HUGE THANK YOU to Bret Michaels for sponsoring my son to go to diabetic camp. And a HUGE THANK YOU to you as well for taking care of all the preparations. My son was at camp this past week, picked him up from camp this morning. It was his first time and he LOVED IT. It brought tears of joy when he told me how much he loved it, the enthusiasm he had when talking about it was amazing. He is 14 and going to be a freshman in high school, and this past year has been a struggle for him with having diabetes, there’s days where he just don’t want to deal with it. The camp had speakers that came in and told their stories, and my son said a lot of things opened his eyes. I truly hope so. All in all it was a wonderful experience and I truly Thank Bret Michaels and you again from the bottom of my heart. We are hoping to see Bret in a few weeks when he comes to Columbus for the health and fitness expo. My son told me today I have to Thank Bret Michaels for sponsoring me for camp.

God Bless you both.
Tammy Harris

Photos: My son Kirkland with his camp counselors Matt and Nate.

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Hannah Returns From Diabetes Summer Camp

Bret Michaels and The Life Rocks Foundation sponsored Hannah this year to attend diabetes summer camp. She had an absolute awesome time. She got to meet Nascar driver Ryan Reed there and many new friends as well as got to see her friends from years past. As you can see she did the rock wall, giant swing, high rope course and archery. We can not thank Bret and the foundation enough for sending Hannah to camp this year.

Best wishes
Eric and Kristina Fletcher

Thank you bret michaesl

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Ellie Gets Ready For Diabetes Camp

Ellie is off to camp this week at Camp Granada! We can’t thank Bret Michaels enough for sending her to diabetes camp!

Amy

P.S. I didn’t have heart to tell her after she took time on this poster,
that she forgot the ‘A’ in Michaels, lol.

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Luke & Jedi, A Boy & His Dog Fight Diabetes

This is my son Luke and his diabetic alert dog Jedi. Luke was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 2 years old. He has been a hero every day since then. For the last two years I have worked with his trainers at Canine Hope for Diabetics to train him to be his Diabetic Alert Dog. Jedi helps us know when his blood sugars are too high and too low which has saved Luke from countless high and low blood sugars and all the bad feelings that come along with those. He has helped allow Luke to be a kid without having to worry about Type 1. They are truly best friends now and Jedi is with him for every finger prick, every shot, every visit to the hospital. Every day we share our story at http://www.facebook.com/savingluke to help spread awareness about Type 1 diabetes. Luke starts kindergarten in a few weeks, plays soccer, and loves to swim, he doesn’t let anything stop him and his strength and strong spirit remind me everyday how amazing he is and why we need to keep fighting for a cure. Thank you Bret for sharing their picture on your facebook page last year, it has allowed us to reach so many more people and for that we are all very grateful.

Dorrie

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Sean & Fielder The Diabetes Super Dog

My husband has had T1D since age 4. In 2010, my then 6 year old son was diagnosed with T1D while at Disney World. We have become a very active family in the fight for a cure and awareness of T1D. One year ago, we got a Diabetic Alert Dog. She has been an amazing tool in handling their diabetes. She can tell us that their sugars are dropping before the meters recognize it. Since getting her we have become active in the Diabetic Alert Dog community and helping to fundraise for other kids who are trying to get a DAD. Sean, my son, wrote a book called Fielder the Super Dog and the proceeds are used to help other kids get their DADs. We took it a step further and organized a virtual walk (Sniffing Out Sugar Run/Walk 2014) to raise funds for other kids. We love that Fielder helps us manage Sean’s diabetes well and gives him a lot more freedom to play all the sports he loves to do (baseball is his favorite). Before Fielder it was a constant worry during sports because his sugars drop so fast and then spike with glucose. Last week Sean was at an all day baseball tournament and never went below 100 or above 200 thanks to Fielder’s help. Check out our Facebook page called Fielder the Super Dog.

Lisa

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Veteran Couple & Pet Parents Thank Bret For Inspiration During Diabetes Fight, Military Support & Pet Charities

I have been a fan of Bret Michaels for as long as I can remember but what I didn’t know was just how many of my life experiences he could relate to or what an inspirational person he would become for me. Even several years later when I had an opportunity to see Bret Michaels live (twice in fact, once in 2003 and again in 2006 I believe) at Burlington Steamboat Days, I still had no idea. The only thing I was aware of at that time was what an amazing show Bret put on.

Fast forward to the year 2010 and the show Celebrity Apprentice because this is when I learned that Mr. Michaels was also a type 1 diabetic and an individual who had certainly faced (and would continue to stare down) his fair share of adversity. It was in those moments captured on TV that I realized that all the time I had spent in the hospital, all of the struggles I had gone through to try and maintain a “normal” way of life were important events – they made me who I am and helped me grow in and develop further that same fighting spirit which Mr. Michaels possesses.

While my diabetes, along with its’ side effects continue to be a daily struggle for me, I have also been blessed in many ways. I have always had an incredibly supportive family. I have made countless friends in the 12 years that I have been ballroom dancing, a hobby I picked up to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In fact, my best friend and now, husband, is a man that I met while out dancing. He was in the Navy Reserves when we first met. Given both our family histories with military service, we decided to marry on Veteran’s Day of 2011. He brought four incredible children (he was previously married) into my life – a gift of kids that I had given up on long ago since control of my diabetes has always been more than difficult and doctors had warned against it because of the inherent increased risks involved.

Recently, I was given an opportunity to meet Mr. Michaels when he was doing a meet and greet for his Pets Rock collection at a local PetSmart where I live. He was so positive and caring and took the time to visit with both me and my husband (who became disabled in a random accident in 2012). I don’t think I even have the words to express how much those moments reignited our determination to live life to its fullest, to remember every day to grow in some way, and to use our struggles as fuel to help others. Mr. Michaels’ personal ties to JDRF and Operation Homefront also personally touch us.

Thank you Mr. Michaels and Team Bret Michaels for everything you do to raise awareness for these organizations! You make a difference for countless individuals every day and no amount of thanks can express the gratitude my husband and I feel for all you do.

Suzanne

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TeamBretMichaels.com – 2 Year Old Savannah Fights New Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis

2 weeks ago our lives changed forever. My granddaughter Savannah, just 2 years old, became very lethargic. She was drinking & urinating excessively and slept for most of the day. She fell asleep early one night and then woke up violently vomiting. We took her to the ER and a triage nurse smelled the sweetness of her breath & immediately checked her sugar. She was at 478 & diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. We were told that waking up to vomit saved her life. She was severely dehydrated & after being stabilized, was rushed to All Children’s Hospital where she spent the next 5 days. Savannah is home now and her little body is having a hard time adjusting to all the changes. Her sugar runs high at night and her Mom spends most of the night checking her sugar to make sure she is ok. We have been doing our best to try to raise money to purchase a diabetic medical alert dog which can cost between $20000-$50000. This dog can potentially save her life, detecting her sugar highs and lows. Much to my disappointment, people turn away and are not willing to donate. They look at my granddaughter and see her as being sick. My granddaughter is not sick. She has a disease just like someone may have asthma or high blood pressure. 2 weeks ago I knew little about diabetes myself. I am now alot more educated and will continue to learn for the rest of my life. Ignorance is not an excuse. Savannah is a scared and confused little girl right now. She knows something has changed but she doesn’t understand why. We all want her to live as normal a life as possible, and that starts with others not treating her like she has a disability. It breaks my heart.

Cherie Griffiths

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