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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Bret Michaels’ Guitar Auctioned To Benefit Ridgefield Playhouse

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Bret Michaels’ Guitar Auctioned To Benefit Ridgefield Playhouse

 

Rock Star’s Guitar To Be Auctioned Off At Ridgefield Playhouse Benefit

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Ridgefield Playhouse’s Suzanne Brennan, chief development officer; Allison Stockel, executive director with the Bret Michaels’-signed guitar and Julie Paltauf, chief financial officer. Photo Credit: Courtesy Susan Dumont-Bengston

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Becky’s Story

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Becky’s Story

The summer of 2007 greeted me with unbelievable thirst. I was drinking a gallon of milk and a gallon of iced tea and still so thirsty. So very thirsty. I thought nothing of it. It was summer. We were a young active family and doing a lot.

It wasn’t until I was driving home with my two young kids in the car and I could not get eyes to focus. Everything was fuzzy. Talk about scary. I got my husband to take me to the pharmacy to pick up a diabetes test kit. Two hours after dinner I tested and was 568. Very high. Called the doctor the next day. He didn’t even send me off for more testing. Just said “Yep, you’re diabetic.” He fluffed it off and put me on medication. I took on his reaction. And just went about my business. I lived my life. I only sort of took care of my diabetes. I figured I’d be some old lady before anything too horrible happened to me. So not true. Was I ever foolish.

In 2013, I started to get pins and needles in my feet. Then it quickly progressed to burning when I walked. This is so not good. What have I done?
Off to the doctors. (A new one.) She did an in office a1c test. The results were staggering, heart stopping. 12.1%. This is really bad. I almost cried right then and there. I was so scared. She sent me off to see an endocrinologist.

He set up a whole team for me. Ain’t I a lucky girl? We all worked closely together to get my health back in check. And to save my feet. It was a massive undertaking.

I changed the way I ate. I change the way I looked at exercise. I completely changed my life. I finally started taking my diabetes seriously. Now, a few short months later (5 to be exact), my a1c is 5.8%. And my feet have been saved. It has all been worth it.

I am a lot healthier. And happier.
I hope story can help others.

Becky

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Jeni’s Story

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Jeni’s Story

Sharing my story is not something I have done much over the past 10 years, as it is still something very personal to me. I have found though that that more I share it, the more I am able to help others. What I am sharing is a snapshot of me, my story and my journey, which has led me to my current volunteer role of Event Chair for the Relay For Life of Ripley County, Indiana.

I had been a team captain / team member in the Relay For Life of Virginia Beach for the better part of 15 years. When I moved back to Indiana it would be 5 years before I got re-involved in this wonderful event.

When I began my journey with Relay For Life all of those years ago I never thought that I would be speaking to anyone about the Relay as a cancer survivor. Everything in my life, my entire world, changed 10 years ago.

On August 4, 2003 at the age of 31 I was diagnosed with stage I endometrial cancer. At the time I was a military wife whose husband was half a world away, the mother of an 11 year old and a 9 year old and was over 700 miles away from my nearest family.

The two weeks following August 4 is hard for me to remember clearly. I moved methodically through a fog. During those days I had countless doctor appointments, I was scanned on every inch of my body to see if the cancer had spread and it seemed like I had needle marks on every inch of my hands and arms from so many tests being run.

During that time I had to absorb so much information and it was so frightening. I quickly learned about survival statistics, treatment plans and surgery options, which truly weren’t options. As you can imagine, those were some very dark days.

I have always been a very strong, independent person but it didn’t take long for me to figure out that I was not going to be able to get through this on my own. So I took a deep breath, I gathered my family around me and told them about the plan to make me better. I held on tightly to my husband, explained the best I could to my children and I told co-workers and staff, asking for their support. The single most important decision that I made was my decision to live a life wrapped in grace, dignity and happiness in spite of the disease within me. I also chose to trust that God had a purpose for this and I would leave it in His hands.

Little did I know that 7 years later, after having been cancer free for over 5 years, I would again hear the words, “you have cancer”, but this time it was thyroid cancer.

In both instances, I never fell within the typical risk factors and it made me realize that cancer can truly happen to anyone at any time.

Laughter and love have carried my family through this together and I have been encouraged by my medical team to live my life as though this cancer is an inconvenience that just needs to be dealt with rather than a death sentence. Life hasn’t stopped and it certainly is sweeter.

What I have found along the way is that the American Cancer Society is all around me, popping up in the most unexpected places, helping to support me through these trying times. I found a wealth of information on the American Cancer Society web site about the latest research and treatment options. I found a community of survivors out there, brought together in news groups and chat rooms, supported by the ACS.
I found that if I call the ACS, any time, any day, someone will pick up the phone and ask,“How can I help you? – Literally 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! It is because of that positive experience that I chose to play a larger role in Relay.

As I have moved through my journey, I have thought about the Relay For Life a lot. I have always loved the Relay and being a part of it. I have had moments when I thought never again – I’ll never be able to make it through another Relay, as the emotions are too deep and the feelings too painful.

I realize that I now get it, finally, after all of these years – I really understand what the Relay For Life is all about. The process and structure of the Relay mimics real life in the world of a cancer survivor and care giver. We describe the Relay as a team event – cancer is a team event. Once diagnosed with cancer you soon realize that you are surrounded by a team of health care providers, care givers, family, friends and fellow survivors. No cancer patient makes the journey alone. It takes a team
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The relay is an overnight celebration of hope, progress and answers…because cancer never sleeps. When you commit to work a Relay through the night and you “Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back,” you are living the life of a cancer survivor. We never let our guard down and we can’t stop – we are engaging the enemy in a fight for our lives…for the rest of our lives. In that one night, you are sharing in our reality.

The Relay is conducted in honor of and is dedicated to the millions of Americans who have survived cancer. It is a privilege to Relay and stand side by side and in honor and support of these courageous people. Even as a cancer survivor myself I am humbled in the presence of all the other survivors. By participating in Relay you represent the future; you give life and a voice to the cure that is on the horizon.

The arms of the American Cancer Society are far reaching and get to the core of cancer with research and helping patients to feel better. The treatments that I have received were formulated and selected based in part on the results of American Cancer Society funded research studies.

As for me and my story, I am a cancer warrior and I continue fighting! I had major surgery at 31 to completely remove my reproductive system and 7 years later I had surgery to remove my thyroid gland and over 60 lymph nodes. I have endured intraoperative radiation therapy, systemic radiation therapy and multiple radioactive iodine treatments.

Cancer has changed me. It has made me look within. It has made me dig deep into my soul. It has inspired me to reach out to others. Cancer realigned my priorities. I feel courageous and strong. I feel victorious. I feel like a survivor.

In 2012 I was asked to be the event chair of the Relay For Life of Ripley County, a position that I continue to hold today. I made a decision to do everything possible to help find a cure for cancer. In 2013 Ripley County’s Relay was honored with a top 10 award for highest proceeds raised per capita in the NATION! This is a huge feat for a county of 28,600 people!

I still have a hard time sharing my story without a few tears appearing, but they are now tears of joy because today, everyday, is a GREAT day to be alive!

Thank you so much for allowing me to share my story and tell you what the American Cancer Society and the Relay For Life means to me and to millions just like me. The Relay For Life touches the lives of cancer survivors and caregivers every day.

I would be amiss if I didn’t say thank you to Bret for bringing joy to my life throughout all of my struggles in life, through their music and through Bret’s positive outlook on life and the health problems he has endured. We all have struggles in life, but it is how we respond to them that makes all the difference!

My life has been blessed by Bret for the past 25 years (I was 16 when I first saw Poison at Indiana State University) and have to say that he only continues to get better!

Jeni

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Matt’s Fight With Cancer

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Matt’s Fight With Cancer

My son Matt is a local comedian in Pittsburgh who is 24 years old and was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma on July 17, 2013. He was in stage 4, very aggressive cancer, but after 6 months of chemo. With the help of the staff at Hillman Center and awesome doctor he had Stanley Marks he was cancer free on all all his final scans and blood work. We received the great news February 10, 2014.

Stephanie

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Hannah Doesn’t Let Diabetes Stop Her

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Hannah Doesn’t Let Diabetes Stop Her

Our daughter Hannah was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just after her 6th birthday 6-19-08. There have been many ups and downs in the last 5 1/2 yrs. Hannah has been a trooper. She did not like the routine of 5 or more shots per day and wanted to be on the insulin pump. Two weeks before her 7th birthday, she was put on it. She was then later taken off of it (2-13) because of dosing herself causing hypoglycemia. She was having a hard time dealing with some friend issues at school and also a school nurse who just couldn’t “get it” with regards to Hannah’s care. With many classes and new doctors she was put back on the t-slim insulin pump in Sept. 2013.

Hannah loves to attend diabetes camp. She is the only child with diabetes in her school, so camp provides her with a sense of not being alone. She loves going and meeting new friends and not having to explain every low or high. She can just be herself. She loves all of the activities camp has to offer. She has learned in the past two years of camp to put in her own pump sites, give herself shots in her arms, carb count and figure out insulin carb ratios. Camp has made her grow in so many ways. She cries when we pick her up. She doesn’t want to leave her diabetes “family”. She has a few friends that she met at camp that write letters back and forth and is always very excited when she gets a new letter in the mail.

Hannah has not let diabetes slow her down. She has been dancing since age 4. At the age of 6 she joined the competitive team at her studio. She dances 3 days a week, she needs to make sure to have extra carbs with her and make sure she checks her sugar before practices and before going on stage. She has danced at many competitions including the Champs Sports Bowl halftime show in Orlando, FL, and at Universal Studios Orlando. She has gotten on stage and forgot to take her pump off and in the middle of her solo it fell out of her costume. She ran off crying and all upset. Minutes later, she composed herself and got right back out there and did her thing.

Hannah is currently considering joining a clinical trial at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. The trial is testing a new way of administering Glucagon. Instead of a shot, the trial is testing the effects, and side effects of a nasal mist. Hannah is very excited about possibly participating in the study because she says she wants to help other diabetics and be a part of something special. She is a “Rock Star”, she is our “Hero”.

We would like to thank, the Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation for sponsoring Hannah this year for camp.

Once again, Thank you!
Kris, Eric and Hannah

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Noah “The Diabetes Dude” & His Flamingo

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Noah “The Diabetes Dude” & His Flamingo

Noah was just 6 years old when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.  Just beginning first grade, he now had to learn about carb counting, insulin, and diabetes in addition to what other kids his age were learning in school.

Diabetes is hard on a young boy, just starting “real school”.  He felt different than the other kids.  The kids in school suddenly stopped inviting him to birthday parties and social events because they were afraid he couldn’t eat the same stuff they could or play the same way they could.

In early 2010, Noah decided he was going to change the way people thought about diabetes, starting with his own community.  He decided he was tired of how people treated him because they didn’t understand his disease, not just other kids, but people in general.  There were times when he would check his sugar or have an insulin shot at a restaurant and people would stare at him.  He didn’t want another kid with diabetes to feel the same way he did so he came home one day and asked if his parents could purchase blue lawn flamingos for him.  His parents said sure but couldn’t understand why he wanted blue ones.  Noah said he wanted blue ones because not only were they the color of diabetes awareness, but they would certainly stand out enough on people’s lawns enough to make neighbors start asking questions.  His parents agreed and purchased as many blue flamingos as they could.

Noah started his awareness program by naming each and every one of his blue flamingos with a “D” name for diabetes.  He attached a short note to each one explaining what life is like for a child with diabetes.  Noah then asked people if they would take a picture of them with his flamingo, email it to him, and if they were in a position to, to make a small donation to the American Diabetes Association on behalf of his awareness program.  The weeks to follow were nothing but amazing.  Noah raised more than $2000 in less than two weeks for the American Diabetes Association, and he was suddenly getting calls from people asking if he could send his flamingos to another family, not only locally, but in other states as well.

Noah was thrilled to accommodate his new friends in his community who now understood a little bit about what he was going through.  By the end of 2010, Noah had a flamingo in every state in the United States and his flamingos even started “flocking” overseas to various countries around the world.  Noah was soon getting emails from people all over the world thanking him for helping them or their child to have a way to communicate with their neighbors, friends, and communities about this disease that they shared.

In July of 2010, Noah was lucky enough to meet Bret Michaels when he was visiting Massachusetts.  Noah, his parents, and his sister attended a concert and met with Bret after the concert on his tour bus to give him a flamingo that he named Darwin.  Noah was thrilled to learn that Bret was diagnosed at the same age as Noah and went through a lot of the same things that he did.  It was so comforting to know that someone as famous as Bret took time out of his busy schedule to speak with Noah and let him know that he was not alone in this world living with his diabetes.

Over the years, Noah continued his journey spreading awareness to people about diabetes and has given speeches at countless corporations, meetings, and even with congress about his disease.  He went on tour around the United States to speak with children at diabetes camps about what he has gone through and to inspire them to get out there and do what they can to raise awareness of their disease  and that one person can, in fact, make a difference in this world.

While kids would often come up to Noah and tell him that they were inspired by him, Noah was inspired by them as well.  While Noah has done quite a bit in his life at the age of now 12, he has always wanted to do one thing, which was to attend a diabetes camp as a camper, not Noah “The Diabetes Dude”, to give a speech, but just a simple kid with diabetes.  He knows that attending a diabetes camp will allow him to make friends that will last a lifetime, friends that he can trust, friends who just “get it”.

Noah is thrilled that this year, Bret Michaels, has offered to cover the cost for Noah to attend a diabetes camp and make that dream for him happen.  Noah and his family cannot thank you enough, Mr. Michaels, for your compassion and generosity!  It is appreciated more than you will ever know!

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Paige Gears Up For Diabetes Summer Camp!

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Paige Gears Up For Diabetes Summer Camp!

When Paige was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, we thought her life was over.  We couldn’t begin to imagine how she would live a normal life.  It just seemed so overwhelming.  She had become slower and slower through T-ball season and could barely run the bases.  We told ourselves it was because she was so little; after all, she was only five years old!  But then, when she started with this insatiable thirst and waking up several times in the night to use the bathroom, her father and I started to wonder if something was wrong.

The nurse I spoke with at our pediatrician’s office told me that Paige couldn’t have diabetes because “she wouldn’t be playing T-ball.”  But she was wrong!  Paige even rode her bike at the park the day she was hospitalized.  Paige’s beta cells were being attacked by her own immune system and her pancreas was slowing down production of insulin.  She became very ill and spent several days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

This March 29th will be five years since that scary time.  It’s hard to look at the numbers:  9000 finger pricks, 415 needle site changes, and 3000 needle injections.  And how do you measure heartbreak when it’s not the right time to have an ice cream?  Or you test your blood, eagerly awaiting eating a piece of Valentine candy, and your blood sugar is too high?  And then there are the feelings of being different.  I have often said that diabetes is the stealer of childhood.

Paige has been living with T1D since that night five years ago.  She has gone on with her incredible life and does fantastic things!  She volunteered at California Coastal Horse Rescue, reading to the horses. She has learned to ride Western, and is now working toward her goal of learning English and jumping someday. She came in first runner-up in her school spelling bee last year.  Paige loves to read and is currently hooked on Harry Potter.

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Paige has a great group of friends who also have T1D and two years ago, she got to meet Bret at the Ventura County Fair.  We will never forget that night!  It was really hot backstage while the kids waited to see him.  Bret came out and brought all the kids water bottles because he knew it would be a little more time!  And he even joked with all of us about how he had sugar if anyone needed it (for a low blood sugar).  Paige made a sign for Bret and had all her friends sign it.  Bret very sweetly turned to Paige and told her she could do anything she wanted to do, despite having diabetes.  He told her how he traveled the world and didn’t let diabetes stop him.  Precious words to a precious girl.

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Paige’s life was turned upside down once again when our family moved to Nashville this past year.  When we got here, there were many changes.  New house.  New neighborhood.  New doctors.  New school.  New kids.  New church.  New school nurse.  New teachers.  Paige cried and longed for her friends back in California, calling many of them every day.  She began to have extreme stomach pain and we thought she may have appendicitis.  It was very difficult to start fifth grade in a new school.

Back in California, we had always gone as a family to diabetes camp.  When we got to Nashville, Paige immediately started looking for diabetes camps here—it’s the only place kids with T1D totally fit in. Last year, she went to a day camp at CampSugarFalls near Nashville.  But she longed to go to the Tennessee Camp for Diabetic Children for a sleep away camp that has horses!  It is expensive and there was no way our family could afford it.  We told her, “Maybe next year.”

Then we had an idea about writing to Bret and his Life Rocks Foundation.  Maybe Bret could help Paige get to camp.  And he did!  We got the call from Patrick, Bret’s representative and Paige was so elated she went home and started packing although the camp isn’t until summer!  She reminds me daily of the things she needs for camp and she dreams of the adventures she will have.  She tells everyone about the upcoming camp!

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Paige and our family have walked to cure diabetes every year with JDRF. Her team is named “Paige’s Prancing Ponies.”  Paige has raised thousands of dollars for kids with diabetes, and we are so grateful to Bret for giving her this opportunity to kick back and relax at diabetes camp this summer!

Chandra

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Dietitian Mom & Type 1 Daughter Take On Diabetes

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Dietitian Mom & Type 1 Daughter Take On Diabetes

DIETITIAN MOM AND TYPE I DAUGHTER TAKE ON DIABETES

As a Dietitian, teaching people to make healthy eating choices is my life! It doesn’t sound as glamorous as being a rock star but I am truly passionate about helping those inflicted with medical conditions to be in the best health possible through optimal nutrition.

I remember it was Spring Break of 2011. You know the time where you are supposed to be carefree, celebrating the warm weather and basically life? Not for our family. I noticed my daughter losing weight; taking naps more and was increasingly thirsty. I went to bed that Saturday night thinking “Oh my God, she has Type I diabetes!” The next day I took her to the Pediatrician and told the staff that my daughter needs to take a urine sample. The Medical Assistant looked confused. I told her again. My daughter did just that and she was spilling glucose in her urine and her blood glucose level was 450 mg/dl!! We were instructed to proceed to the E.R. I remember frantically calling my husband who was at Trader Joe’s. I told him Mikayla then 6 years old has Type I diabetes! I had already lost one child; I was frightened! The E.R. doctor, nurses, phlebotomist and other staff members had to come get me in the E.R. waiting room when we arrived because my body froze! I couldn’t walk into the Emergency Room! It’s ironic because I worked in a hospital before!

I won’t dwell on it but I can tell you that caring for a Type I diabetic is difficult. I can tell you that it is a 24/7 job! I can tell you that I count carbs in my sleep! Carbs or Carbohydrates are macronutrient that Type I diabetics count the grams of to assist in managing their blood glucose levels. I don’t know if anyone can quite grasp the concept unless you have been there.

I am grateful that I have the knowledge to assist and educate my now 9 year old daughter about her medical condition. Yes, it is a blessing (and maybe sometimes a curse) that I am a dietitian and have a Type I diabetic kid. But aside from the medical aspect of this disease comes the emotional part. When my son passed away at 6 months old, I turned to music therapy as my strength. Music is an important part of my family’s life! I began to search for positive stories about Type I diabetes and came across the Bret Michaels’ Life Rocks Foundation!

I had the pleasure of meeting Bret Michaels, his band and his representative Patrick during a show in Chicago. I had never met anyone famous before and believe me when I tell you that Bret is an extremely kind person! His representative Patrick is wonderful! He hugged me when we met like we were old friends! Patrick knew my daughter’s name from the Bret Michaels’ Life Rocks Foundation sponsoring her for the week of diabetes camp! Very impressive memory! I told Bret that music is therapy, and that is how we found the Bret Michaels’ Life Rocks Foundation! I have always been inspired by music and to this day, I feel like music brings hope and strength to our family!

Diabetes camps are the best experience for Mikayla! The first year of her diagnosis she was angry but she realized that even though she was the only one at her school with Type I diabetes, there were many other kids going through the same stuff as she was! She became more accepting of her illness! I am one of the camp dietitians for the day camp in Chicago and it is one of the best work experiences I have ever had! I love those kids! They are all so kind-hearted and truly an inspiration to all of us! But some of these kids wouldn’t have the opportunity to attend diabetes camp without the financial assistance of the Life Rocks Foundation! This team works extremely hard to raise monies during their world-class shows and it’s truly a remarkable effort! If you have the opportunity to attend one of Bret Michaels concerts, you will not be disappointed!

Respectfully Submitted,
Lisa

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Feature: Shelby’s Story

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Feature: Shelby’s Story

On July 5th 2013 (just 2 days after Shelby’s 11th birthday) we were on our way to Blair Batson ICU via ambulance as we had just learned that our daughter is a Type 1 diabetic in critical condition. I THOUGHT I knew what I would be facing given that I have two Type 2 parents. Saying that I was wrong in my assumption is the understatement of the decade! During Shelby’s stay in ICU the staff of the hospital educated us thoroughly on this disease that has stricken our only child. Type 1 diabetes is an auto immune disorder where her pancreas was attacked by her immune system and all of the islets that produce insulin were killed. Type 1 is not preventable and or curable at this time. Shelby will take 4-5 insulin shots every day for the rest of her life or until there is a CURE we pray.

Shelby looked at me at one point in the hospital and asked with tears streaming down her face “Mommie what did I do wrong? Why is this happening to me?” This is a perfectly normal reaction from a small child, but that sure didn’t make it less heartbreaking to hear as a mom. I told my grief stricken child that God has BIG plans for her, but I really didn’t know how big until the night of July 15th. We had been home six days and were honestly struggling to get accustomed to the rigors of having a T1 child when something miraculous happened. Shelby was in bed reading and thought she was getting sleepy. Unbeknownst to the three HUMANS in the house Shelby’s blood sugar had dropped to 54, but this didn’t escape our UNTRAINED German Shepherd’s notice. Ransom began acting unusually erratic and would not leave my husband Justin alone until he followed him to Shelby’s bedside. We immediately tested Shelby and found her to be dangerously low. The chain of events that follow this miracle have been a blessing beyond measure! One of our local veterinarians got wind of the story and immediately set up a scholarship fund to train Ransom more in depth and set the scholarship to always be available to families in need of this service in the future. A local trainer is currently working with Ransom to finish what I believe God started and he will be training dogs in the future for children like Shelby. Shelby at one point told me that she was scared of dying in her sleep from low blood sugar. It is our sincerest hope that through this scholarship we can prevent newly diagnosed children from ever feeling this way. These special creatures can give families the security they so desperately need to maintain a normal life. Any and all tax deductible donations big or small will be greatly appreciated. This is Shelby’s calling and with all of your help we will make a difference.

For more information on how to get involved or if you know a child in need of a blood sugar detection dog please contact us at feedgirl167@gmail.com

Kim

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Tammy’s Tattoo In Honor Of Bret’s Military Support

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Tammy’s Tattoo In Honor Of Bret’s Military Support

After spending 20 years in the Army, this was a retirement tattoo that I’ve always wanted to get. A portrait of my favorite person and inspiration who has always supported troops and their families. This one is for you Bret! I will see you April 26th in WV. You can see it in person!

With much Love,

Tammy

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