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Month: February 2013

TeamBretMichaels.com/Life Rocks Foundation Featured Story: Michelle & Kenden Send Their Appreciation.

TeamBretMichaels.com/Life Rocks Foundation Featured Story: Michelle & Kenden Send Their Appreciation.

Dear Bret,

We just wanted to send you a HUGE THANK YOU for sending my son Kenden to diabetes camp. I did not say anything to Kenden when I sent in the application and when Patrick called me to tell me that you would be sending Kenden to camp I was about to cry, but I held it together on the phone. After Patrick and I hung up, I had to sit down and take it all in, overwhelmed I went in and told Kenden “guess what? Bret Michaels is sending you to camp!” His eyes lit up and the look on his face was priceless.

I would like to say that Bret is a true inspiration, Kenden will remember going to camp for a lifetime.

THANK YOU to you, your staff and your Life Rocks Foundation! We love you!

Michelle & Kenden

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TeamBretMichaels.com/Life Rocks Foundation Featured Story: Grace Stays Strong

TeamBretMichaels.com/Life Rocks Foundation Featured Story: Grace Stays Strong

Hi Bret,

My name is Grace,  I am a 4 year old girl who last month I was told I have Type 1 diabetes. I take 2 shots in the morning and 2 in the evening. My Mom took me to the hospital because my I wasn’t feeling well. The doctor told my Mom I am a strong girl and lucky. My Mom is a big fan and listens to you all the time and has seen you in concert twice. I like your music too and how you help kids like me with your Life Rocks Foundation. I hope when I am older that I get to go to camp like the big kids.

Thank you for taking the time to hear my story!

Love,

Grace

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Get your health on by accepting my GoodChime challenge and check out an updated “Michaels Law” photo.

Join me and learn how I stay fit while managing diabetes. Accept my challenge in search for a healthier, more active life by visiting my GoodChime channel. Click below to “Get Your Health On”.

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– Bret “Road Dog” Michaels

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TeamBretMichaels.com featured story of the day.

TeamBretMichaels.com featured story of the day.

My name is Summer. I am 6 years old and on Feb 4, 2013 I found out that I
had Type 1 diabetes and hypothyroidism. I think that is the same age as Bret when he
found out. My Grandpa has had Type 1 for the last 25 years so myself and my mom were very familiar with diabetes. (My mom says thats why I was so brave in the hospital.)

The doctors told my family that I had it only 3 weeks before I was admitted.
Luckly my mom knew the signs. I was complaining of a headache, drinking a ton of
water, going to the bathroom more than normal, and was very irratable. The doctors
told my mom that most kids enter the hospital with diabetes in a coma, but because
of her knowledge I am truly grateful that she caught it that early. I am writing
this to let people know that there are signs to watch out for and it could save
someones life. Maybe in my lifetime there will be a cure and I could be a normal
healthy kid again.

Summer

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TeamBretMichaels.com story: Ava’s spirit and courage

TeamBretMichaels.com story: Ava’s spirit and courage

“I met Ava and her Mom Chrisie at Jorja’s All Star Ascend Fun Run. Talk about amazing spirit and courage. Ava had neuroblastoma (the same form of cancer Ronan had), for which there is no cure. So while I had a great time at Barrett-Jackson, it is moments like meeting Ava and Chrisie that remind me just how important and precious life is. While I realize that not everyone can donate to a cause, the simple act of helping to raise awareness is so important. Please help me, Chrisie and Maya raise awareness about this disease. If you can donate to organizations like Maya’s “The Ronan Thompson Foundation”, St. Judes, Barrows Neurological Foundation etc. please do so. If you can help by passing the message along to others, please do so. Every little bit helps.”

– Bret

To read about Ava’s life please visit:

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/avaholder

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Sophia’s Story: An Inspiration Within

Sophia’s Story: An Inspiration Within

Dear Bret,

First of all, THANK YOU SO MUCH for sending me to camp!! My mom was so excited to tell me she had met you and that you offered to send me to camp. I couldn’t believe it. I had just been diagnosed for six months when she met you, so it was very emotional for us. Thank you so much. I just got back a couple days ago. The day I got back I got to go to your concert in Elko, MN. You were so exciting to watch!!! And it was even more fun to meet you and I’m glad we got to talk for a few minutes. I felt pretty lucky for once! As you know diabetes is a big responsibility. You have to grow up pretty quick. I’m glad there is a camp for kids with diabetes. It’s the one time I don’t feel like I have diabetes. Nobody has to wait for me to count my carbs or check my sugar or give myself insulin. Because we are all doing it. I was suppose to rock climb at camp, but I broke my fingers right before camp in a motocross race crash. So I did the Wranglers and it was fun! Thanks for signing my cast. I am saving it now!

I was diagnosed when I was 12 years old. I was real sick after having the H1N1 flu virus. The doctors tell me that is what caused my diabetes. I am very active with dance, acting, singing, gymnastics & motocross. I also stay on the honor roll in school. So when I was sick, it was hard to even get up. We didn’t know what was wrong with me and I pretty much couldn’t do anything. The doctors couldn’t figure it out. I was so sick of going to doctors and getting different medicine and different diagnosis. I was just beat. Finally I ended up in the hospital after just being so sick I couldn’t take it anymore. After a few days they figured it out. I didn’t know if I was gonna die or what. I asked the doctor if I was gonna die, and he said no. Then I asked if I could still dance, and he said yes. I think we were in shock for a while. My mom didn’t sleep at all – she still never sleeps cause she has to check on me all night. It’s a lot of work. After a week or two I started feeling better. It wasn’t long before I was back in all my activities. I just have to be careful and take the time to take care of myself. It’s really hard to be a kid and have to manage a disease. But I am learning.

You have inspired me to give back as well. At camp you can learn how to be a counselor and I’m going to do just that! Since you offered to send me to camp again next year, I’m excited to keep going and one day be a camp counselor myself! My family raises money for a cure! I gave you one of the wrist bands they sell to raise money. Maybe in our lifetime we will find a cure!!!

Thank you so much Bret. You and the people you work with are great. My mom is also SO thankful to you and everyone who helps you make dreams come true!

Love, Health & Happiness to you and your family and team!

Sophia Johnson

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Cassie Attends Diabetes Summer Camp

Cassie Attends Diabetes Summer Camp

After a fun family vacation up in Duluth MN this weekend we headed to Camp Needlepoint in Hudson WI today to drop our 10 year old daughter Cassie off at diabetes camp. She was excited but at the same time a little nervous about staying a whole week . I reassured her it was going to be an incredible experience & she was going to meet so many new friends. On Friday night, as part of her birthday present I took Cassie to see Bret in concert . She was very excited & could hardly wait to see the amazing guy who was sending her to camp this summer. With the help of her grandma she made a sign to hold up at the concert. And not only did she rock out at his concert but she also got the opportunity of a lifetime to meet Bret and thank him herself! She was so grateful & it made her night!! Her exact words “Mom this was the best night ever!!” So to Bret, THANK YOU so much for all you do & especially for sending our daughter to camp, now that she’s there she’s even more grateful. You are one AWESOME role model to so many kids, including our Cassie!! I’m attaching some pictures from the concert & of her arriving at camp.

Tammy, Jason & Cassie

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Something To Believe In: Melissa’s Story

Something To Believe In: Melissa’s Story

A couple of years ago, I was in a car accident where the driver left me for dead. Even though I had a seat belt on, I flew into the windshield. I had to have my right ear and eyelid re-attached. I broke 3 ribs, dislocated my right shoulder, chipped 2 vertebrae and was bruised internally. I missed 3 months of work. I had to learn to walk again, use my right arm and just heal. The worst part of this is that I do not have any memory of what happened.

During this time Bret was my hero because of his song, “Something to Believe In”. The lyrics gave me the strength to believe that something good would come out of this besides the fact that I survived. To remind me that there is always someone looking out for me, I had angel wings tattooed on my shoulder, along with the Chinese symbol for “Believe”.

When I found out that Bret was playing in Green Bay, WI on March 29, I knew I had to go see him. I put together a before-and-after photo album with a letter telling him how much he inspired me. Bret’s personal security guard was kind enough to take my book and assured me that Bret would get it.

Next time I seen Bret live turned out to be August 14 at the Milwaukee State Fair. Janna and Rob were able to get me into the “meet and greet”. Even though our meeting was short, Bret remembered me, and I was able to present him with a custom-made necklace featuring a pair of angel wings, like my tattoo, so he would be reminded that somebody was looking out for him, too. He said he was really touched by my story and wanted to meet me.

I wanted him to have something special from me because he does so much for others. He really does make a difference in the world – and to me.

Thank you,
Melissa

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