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Month: May 2013 Rocks Foundation Story: Rachel’s day at The Bob & Tom radio show and Indy 500 Carb Day Rocks Foundation Story: Rachel’s day at The Bob & Tom radio show and Indy 500 Carb Day

Dear Bret and Patrick,

Thank you once again for all that you did for Rachel. It was an honor to see Bret on the Bob and Tom Show and we haven’t seen Rachel laugh like that
in a long time and the Indy 500 Carb Day concert was amazing. Thank you both for trying to accommodate Rachel. Rachel said that you give her so much hope to keep
fighting this disease and to find a cure for diabetes while the search continues for a match kidney transplant. There is nothing more satisfying then to see Rachel laugh and smile.

Both of you will always hold a special place in our hearts. We cant wait to see you all again.

Much love,

Rachel and Barb Mckibben




Life Rocks Foundation Featured Story: Sam’s Something To Believe In

Life Rocks Foundation Featured Story: Sam’s Something To Believe In

Dear Bret,

Every time I hear the song, “Something to Believe In” I picture you and my daughter
Sam talking about living with Diabetes. I brought her to see your show at the
Turning Stone Casino for her 13th birthday present and we were lucky enough to get
to meet you. It was important to me that Sam realize that Diabetes didn’t have to
hold her back. That she could be anything she dreamed of, even a rock star! You were
so kind, sweet and genuine with her & had exactly the impact I hoped you would on
Sam! We were thrilled when you started sending kids to Diabetes camp. Camp was such an amazing experience for Sam growing up that she gave back by working as a
counselor after she got too old to be a camper. She wanted to influence and help
other kids like her! Eventually she wants to establish a camp scholarship to help
send kids to Diabetes camp.

Sam is 20 now. She is an artist in so many senses of the word. She has been acting
since she was 13 and is starring in a locally produced film. Sam spent a year at
Buffalo State to study acting but had to leave due to her Diabetes going out of
control. She has just started promotional modeling and is signing with a local
modeling agency this week. She is also an incredibly talented metalsmith and leather
artist. On May 8, 2013, the 12th anniversary of her Diabetes diagnosis, she created
the first in her line of leather Diabetes bracelets. It is cool. Rock star cool…
it made me think of you. A wide, hand carved, tooled and painted leather cuff that
is unmistakeable as medical jewelry, but is medical jewelry you’d actually want to
wear. We struggled unsuccessfully for years to find a bracelet Sam would actually
wear! We searched the Internet to find something similar to help set a price, but
there was truly nothing like it. She designed three more Diabetes bracelets last
week and listed them on her store. It’s just the tip of the iceberg. She has
plans for more colors and designs including some leather wrap bracelets. We both believe, with the right support, this might be her big break and her way to help other diabetics. If the bracelets sell like we hope they will, she wants to use part of her profit to either establish a campership, or donate it to the Life Rocks Foundation. I plan on helping her launch a kickstarter campaign to fund this project. In the meanwhile, I am paying for a die to be made of her original artwork to streamline her process and am buying her enough leather to get things going. And I’m praying. And believing. It’s so hard to watch my beautiful daughter struggle to find her path, but I know that God has a plan for her. She feels that it is to somehow help other people like her, like you do. And I felt compelled to write you. Maybe because I’m reaching for that something to believe in. Or maybe because I hope you’ll believe in her, to help her believe in herself! I honestly don’t know, but when I have a feeling this strong, I know to act on it.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’ve been a fan of your music for years. Now, I’m even more of a fan because of your philanthropy & openness about living with Type 1 Diabetes. I have taught Sam to “Never Surrender” as I imagine your mom did for you. Now it’s become her mantra when things get rough. Everything you’ve done through the Life Rocks Foundation has helped so many and given something to believe in to people whose hope is gone.

Never Surrender, Bret!
Renee Bennett

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How to Help Moore, Oklahoma

How to Help Moore, Oklahoma

There are many ways to help those in the path of the Tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma – please click through the links for more information on how to help the victims, their pets and those helping to clean up the devastation.

From KFOR TV ( –

For lost and found pets –

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the path of the tornado, the volunteers and  the first responders.



The Mia Foundation

The Mia Foundation

From Deb Young:

MiaFoundationThe Mia Foundation rescues animals born with birth defects and disabilities. Our little Mia was born with a cleft palate and has inspired thousands of people from all around the world. Sadly, Mia passed away from Pneumonia on April 11th, 2012..Her legacy lives on through The Mia Foundation which was created in her honor..Mia’s purpose in this life was to give us all one..If they are born they deserve a chance to live..Please share her story and help us to continue Mia’s mission..Thank You!!

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Liz’s Story: “Thank you for the inspiration”

Liz’s Story: “Thank you for the inspiration”

lizI went to your concert at Plant City 3/9/13…you rocked! I am JD x 26 years so although I can’t relate to your exact personal struggle, I know we have some common struggles and appreciate every day life has to offer. Thank you for the inspiration and I try to live every day to its fullest, but as you know, every day is a challenge. I want to personally thank you (and wish I could at the concert) for your dedication to JDF. We saw you in Biloxi your first concert back and will not miss a concert close to me in Tampa, FL. Thank you and keep up the drive! You give me hope every day!

Lisa’s Story: Believing in herself

Lisa’s Story: Believing in herself

Story submitted by Lisa:

I am a 38 year old wife and mom of 2 children. I had an experimental pfo closure done on my heart at one of the best hospitals in Wisconsin in 2001. I had to have it done, because like you Bret I had a small stroke and this was the cause a tiny hole in my heart that they never detected. In 2006 I woke up and felt like it was hard to breath, my throat hurt, and pain in my jaw, so I immediately went to the er telling them I thought I was having an allergic reaction. Little did I know the Clip they used eroded and came through one of my valves in my heart. In Waupun Hospital I had a seizure and flat lined due to having cardiac tamponode (bleeding out of my heart it was drowning). Somehow I came to and then they sent me back to the hospital that did the surgery on Flight For Life. On the Flight I flat-lined again and came to. Then I got to the hospital and while they were doing tests it happened again so finally they decided to do open heart surgery and fixed the valve with cow skin. While in surgery they let my family know i might have major brain damage when I come to due to all the times oxygen was not getting to my Brain. However I am alive and I have no brain damage. I am a diabetic, but I take pills not insulin. This was traumatic for me, but now being 7 years later I just graduated with a Cosmetology degree Feb 26th. You have to believe in yourself, accept things you cannot change, and know what your mental and physical limits are. Believe me I know it is not easy, but you can do it if I did!

Another T1 Superhero: Callan

Another T1 Superhero: Callan

Submitted by: Andi

CallanMy sweet little Callan was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on October 6, 2011. He was only 2 years old.

His only symptom was excessive urination. He was literally soaking through his diapers in minutes. I tried calling his pediatrician, and they were closed for the day. I took him to an urgent care that refused our insurance. I ALMOST waited until the next day to take him to his pediatrician. I’m so glad I didn’t!

I took him to the ER. He was running around, and playing .. like a completely normal 2 year old. The drs laughed at me for bringing him in, and told me that I was overreacting and that I should just take him home. I insisted that they do at least a blood panel to make sure everything was okay. The dr PROMISED me that it would all come back negative.

About 30 mins later, that same dr walks in and very nonchalantly says “Well, he has diabetes. His blood sugar is 1102, and he is in DKA.” They mediflighted him to a better hospital, and he was in the picu for 2 days, and we were released 2 days after that.

Since then he has had 5800 finger pokes, 2154 injections, and 100 site changes!! He rarely cries or complains. When people stare at him he speaks up and says “I have diabebes, my pancreas is broken.” He is actually proud to be Type 1!

Anna-Marie: “His support for the military touches my heart.”

Anna-Marie: “His support for the military touches my heart.”

Submitted by Anna-Marie on March 26, 2013

Hello! My name is name is Ann-Marie Collins and I am currently serving in the Air Force. I have been a fan of Bret Michaels and Poison since I was in middle school. My cousin, Eddie George, who I know is looking down at me from Heaven, got me into Poison. I can remember her going to concerts and some how she would always get back stage passes to see Poison. The stories she would tell would bring a huge smile to her face. The pictures she would show me would make me feel like I was right there with her. Eddie probably had one of the biggest heart in the world. When she was younger she was paralyzed from the waist down but that did not stop her from living life and making sure that she went to every Poison concert she could.

Well a couple of Christmas’s ago I went to visit my aunt, Eddie’s mom and we got to talking about how much we missed her beautiful smiling face. I also told my aunt that because of Eddie, I am such a huge fan of Bret Michaels and Poison. She told me how Bret Michaels wrote a letter to my aunt saying how sorry he was to hear of Eddie’s passing. How many people would can you say would actually do that? I can’t think of many but it goes to show how genuine that Bret Michaels is as an person.

I feel like through Eddie that I am keeping the tradition alive. As mentioned earlier, I am currently serving in the Air Force. I am currently deployed in the Middle East but I am going to be returning home in May. As soon as I saw that Bret Michaels was playing somewhere close to me, I made sure I bought tickets for the show. His May 25th show will be my first concert I go to after returning home. In the past, I have been to many Poison concerts but never had the opportunity to meet Bret Michaels. I certainly hope that I can meet him and know why that my cousin always had such a big smile on her face when she spoke of him.

His support for the military, touches my heart. Every concert I have been to, he always thanks the military for their service and it always greatly appreciated. Thank you Bret Michaels for all your support and hopefully one day I can meet you.

Antonio is “Choosing to be Part of the Solution”

Antonio is “Choosing to be Part of the Solution”

Antonio’s story from June of 2012 ~

My Diabetes Story


In November, I was diagnosed with full blown Type 2 diabetes. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it means my body does not know how to use the sugar that it body needs to run properly. I guess I should have known to be careful with my health. My dad has diabetes. That doesn’t mean I was guaranteed to get it, but my chances were better than average.

Anyhow, my doctor told me my diabetes was full blown, meaning I depend on regular insulin shots, take meds twice a day, watch my diet carefully, and exercise daily. Now these are all things I should have been doing regularly, but just didn’t. Why not, you ask? That is an excellent question. I guess I felt like there would always be time in the future.That future is now.

Having diabetes isn’t a curse. It does mean I have to be careful with myself. I have to limit the amount of sugar I eat. I need to exercise daily for 30 minutes. I have to check my blood sugars at least twice a day. I have to take insulin, the stuff your body uses to make sugar do its job, once a day. But I am healthier for it. I am losing weight. I have gone from being morbidly obese (more than 100 pounds over my ideal weight) to overweight. But that is getting better. My blood sugars are stabilized. My health is returning. As I continue to improve my health, I may eventually be able to stop taking meds and insulin. Will I be cured? No. There is no cure for diabetes – yet.

So what can happen if I ignore my diabetes? I could develop glaucoma and lose my eyesight. I could have heart problems brought on by diabetes. I could develop infections that might end in loss of life or limb. I could not live to see my children grow old. None of those options sound appealing to me.

Many people live with diabetes (up to three years before it symptoms show up in some cases). Many more people each day are diagnosed. But not much is being done in the public sector to raise the alarm. It is becoming a silent epidemic. In fact, according to American Diabetes Associated, more people die of diabetes and related complications than die of breast cancer and AIDS combined. To that end, I choose not to stay silent. I am choosing to be part of the solution.