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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Scott & Heather’s Beautiful Soul

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Scott & Heather’s Beautiful Soul

I’d like to share my beautiful story regarding how Bret Michaels provided me with strength, inspiration, and true compassion. I was married to my absolute best friend and soul mate, Heather Ramsey. Our second date took place at a concert where no other then Bret Michaels performed. We had both been long time fans of his music. It was an amazing evening and Heather and I had the awesome experience of seeing him perform. Of course, we saved our ticket stubs. Heather and I were promptly married a few short months later. Our friendship, love, and family grew into something I never thought was possible. Tragedy struck on August 14th 2013 (her son Kyler’s 18th birthday) when we first learned she had cancer. Our worlds would never be the same. She battled the horrible beast and every day she slowly deteriorated into a mere shell of a human. I bought tickets to go see Bret Michaels much earlier for the show on March 9, 2014…just hoping Heather would have the strength to see him one last time. Although she fought hard, she passed March 4, 2014…just days prior to us being able to have that experience of seeing Mr. Michaels together again. I was destroyed…I still am and always will be. I decided I would not go to the show. After much convincing, my buddies Rob Flores and Rudy Ornelas convinced me at the last minute to attend…that it would help me mentally. Of course, it was an amazing show. It was nice to be able to “feel” again. After the show Rob and Rudy motioned me over to the souvenir table. A gentleman stated Rob and Rudy had shared that my wife had just passed and expressed his deepest sympathies. He said I should go over to the end of the table and “talk to that guy”. I looked over and that guy was Robi Wylde!! The keyboardist for the Bret Michaels band! I couldn’t believe it. I walked over and he shook my hand and asked about my wife. As it was extremely loud from all the screaming fans he escorted us back into the theater and asked about us. He was impressed we had all served in the military and now in law enforcement. He even thanked US! He began to ask more questions about my beautiful soul mate. He proceeded to take us backstage where we had the amazing opportunity to meet many of the hard working stage hands and the other band members! They were all so laid back and I couldn’t believe we were having this experience. As the night progressed they spent close to an hour just talking with us. As time had come for us to go home Robi said, “Hold on…one more person wants to meet you”. I honestly wasn’t expecting ANYTHING as I was already so amazed we had such an awesome evening. He escorted us down a couple stairs to a door. The door opened and it was none other than Mr. Bret Michaels. I entered the room and emotion flooded over me. I began to cry uncontrollably. All I could think of was how much Heather had made this amazing evening happen. Without hesitation Bret reached out…and hugged me. He held me like I was his brother and he had known me his whole life…and I cried uncontrollably. I realized that this was the first time I truly let it all out. I had spent all week being strong for our 4 kids, being strong for her mother, being strong making funeral arrangements and all the million other things I had to be strong for. For the first time…I felt I could just be emotional and cry. I tried to regain my composure and Bret asked, “Can I please have the pleasure of knowing your wife’s name?” I was immediately impressed with how genuine he was…he really cared about MY feelings…little old Scott Ramsey. I responded emotionally but very proudly, “Heather”. I told him she had just passed a few days prior to cancer and showed him her picture. Bret actually became teary eyed as I shared that our second date was at his performance years prior. Bret Michaels became emotional as I shared my very personal story. He didn’t say things would get better. He didn’t say time heals all wounds. He just let me cry, share my experience, and was TRULY GENUINE. He hugged me again and asked what he could do for ME! I asked him if he could please sign Heather’s ticket stub from years prior. He stated, “It would be my absolute honor”. We took some great pictures and once again, he hugged me. Here I was with THE Bret Michaels…the man that can have anything and everything he wants at the snap of his fingers (heck, we’ve all seen Rock of Love!) but he was taking time out of his very busy schedule to listen to my story and comfort me. I couldn’t, and still can’t, grasp how human and down to earth he was. No words can express how GENUINE and COMPASSIONATE Bret was. It was an absolute amazing and more importantly, therapeutic experience for me. Although she wasn’t able to see him again our story with Bret Michaels had come full circle. Bret Michaels is the most genuine, compassionate person I have encountered in many years. Him spending that time with me and truly listening to my story, sharing some emotion, and him just hugging me like a brother speaks volumes to what an amazing human being he is. His character has inspired me to, not only get out of bed in the morning, but to try and inspire people the way he has inspired and motivated me. You see…it wasn’t the rock star Bret Michaels that “rocked my world”…it was the amazing character and true soul of Bret Michaels that “gave me something to believe in”. Words can’t express how much he saved me!

Scott

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Do you have a story of giving back, supporting charities, overcoming obstacles, a story of strength, inspiration through music to battle through setbacks or illness? We’d like to hear and share your story and photos.

Simply visit TeamBretMichaels.com, read other great stories and submit your own!

Also if you have the means and would like to, please consider donating to the Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation by clicking HERE. To the many who have donated, we thank you all very much!

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Bill & Kellie’s Story Of Survival

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Bill & Kellie’s Story Of Survival

Our story is not only a tale of survival, but of redemption. One year
ago, on our way home from work on a Saturday night, my wife and I were struck
head-on, by an oncoming car at speeds in excess of 60 mph both ways. For whatever
reason, a lady crossed the center line and the rest, as they say is history.
My knee was smashed into literally a hundred pieces. I was barely able to talk
the Dr. out of amputation. Kellie was not so lucky. She had two broken legs, one
arm, shoulder, she lost half the teeth in her head and broke part of her jawbone.
But worse,she suffered major lacerations to her liver. For the next two days, she
was given no chance of survival, as she was losing blood as fast as they could put
it in her. I hit my good knee and began to pray like I had never prayed before.
Eventually she stabilized and after about a month, she was sent home to, in all
likelihood, be disabled for the rest of her life and I surely would never walk on
my own again.

Of course, as soon as the accident, we lost our rental home and due to the nature
of her accident and my handicap, we had to live with our respective families. We
kept in touch via phones and internet, occasionally having someone take me to visit
her and our four year old son. I missed her every time I closed my eyes. I have
been Bret Michaels fan since Junior High and even though my wife is ten yrs my
junior, she acquired the taste from me shortly after we met. Her favorite song was
All I Ever Needed. To pass time, I picked up my old guitar and started playing
around. Then I decided to make her a video because she is the only person in this
world who likes to hear me sing. I managed to piece the song together via internet
how to’s and it was awful. But she loved it. It made me feel like music could be
the secret weapon in my recovery and in turn, I could use it to help her, but just
playing wasn’t good enough.

I had such an overwhelming desire to thank God for sparing us. As it happens an old
friend was leading a praise and worship band at a church. So I started practicing and
praying. Eventually Kellie improved enough that she was able to move back in with me
and as my leg healed, I gained strength, going from wheelchair to walker to crutches
and then a cane. Kellie’s bones healed and her liver is regenerating. Her teeth
were fixed. She is still as beautiful to me as the day I met her. I get to wake up
in the morning as see her smiling at me, and that gives me enough strength to move
mountains and with each passing day our love grows as well as our faith. Proud
to announce that as of today, one year later, we both walk without canes, we both
work full time jobs and every week we rock that church and praise the God who
loved us enough to keep us around.

Bill and Kellie

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Do you have a story of giving back, supporting charities, overcoming obstacles, a story of strength, inspiration through music to battle through setbacks or illness? We’d like to hear and share your story and photos.

Simply visit TeamBretMichaels.com, read other great stories and submit your own!

Also if you have the means and would like to, please consider donating to the Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation by clicking HERE. To the many who have donated, we thank you all very much!

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Charles Helps Others Through Diabetes

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Charles Helps Others Through Diabetes

Diabetes got the best of me, until I started helping others, and through helping others, I was relieved of the bondage of self pity and depression. Now my mission in life is to help others. I have started a company dedicated to helping people with diabetes reach their fitness goals and have opened the world’s first Diabetes Exercise Studio, and have created on-line exercise instruction and information videos specific for safe and effective exercise for diabetes prevention and management. Join the Fight!

– Charles

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Do you have a story of giving back, supporting charities, overcoming obstacles, a story of strength, inspiration through music to battle through setbacks or illness? We’d like to hear and share your story and photos.

Simply visit TeamBretMichaels.com, read other great stories and submit your own!

Also if you have the means and would like to, please consider donating to the Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation by clicking HERE. To the many who have donated, we thank you all very much!

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Cancer Survivor Pays It Forward Through Dance

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Cancer Survivor Pays It Forward Through Dance

My name is Lore’ and I am the concept director and manager of Spirits of the Woods Performance Troupe. I have been a cancer survivor since 2006. Together with another cancer surviving friend of mine, we had decided to put together a 12 member theatrical dance troupe that performs for benefits and fundraisers of all kinds, because we felt that we needed to help others and to “pay it forward”.

Our first show was done for the animals and animal rescue sanctuaries that were impacted from the Black Forest fire in Colorado, last summer. We were able to raise a little bit of money to get pet/livestock food to these sanctuaries that took in the displaced and injured animals from the fire. And someone graciously donated some saddles, harnesses and heated water trough at our event. We will continue to put performances together to help support various causes whether it be for supporting a community event to raise money for their cause, cancer, MS, or any other illnesses, or anything to help with animals or wildlife.

Because of lymph node involvement from my cancer, I will probably always struggle with the thought of its return, but I’m staying strong minded and will continue to dance/act and create themed performances with the rest of my wonderful troupe to help others in need! Many blessings to all!

Lore’

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Do you have a story of giving back, supporting charities, overcoming obstacles, a story of strength, inspiration through music to battle through setbacks or illness? We’d like to hear and share your story and photos.

Simply visit TeamBretMichaels.com, read other great stories and submit your own!

Also if you have the means and would like to, please consider donating to the Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation by visiting LifeRocksFoundation.org to show support in helping others.

Thank you for your continued support!

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Elizabeth’s Story Of Survival

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Elizabeth’s Story Of Survival

I would like to share my story of survival. It’s been a rough 2 years. First my Father passed away, then I was diagnosed with Stage IIIc Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. First step into the unknown, doctors were not sure if chemo would work, we were hoping we caught it soon enough. At the time of diagnosis I was working as a Special Education Assistant and it brought back memories of Bret. I share a bit of history with him, back in the 80’s he came to the school I’m at (I’ve been there a long time) and visited. He made a huge impact. He has not changed, his compassion and empathy for other people is overwhelming. Then he overcame such darkness, I knew I could too. After Chemo, a Double-Mastectomy, and radiation, the doctors say I’m a miracle. Cancer free as of December 5, also my wedding anniversary. I am blessed to have known you Bret at that time, and truly wish you all the best, and nothing but luck in all you do.

Elizabeth

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Do you have a story of giving back, supporting charities, overcoming obstacles, a story of strength, inspiration through music to battle through setbacks or illness? We’d like to hear and share your story and photos.

Simply visit TeamBretMichaels.com, read other great stories and submit your own!

Also if you have the means and would like to, please consider donating to the Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation by visiting LifeRocksFoundation.org to show support in helping others.

Thank you for your continued support!

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