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Month: July 2015

Mother Of Son With Type 1 Diabetes Thanks Bret For Compassion 

Mother Of Son With Type 1 Diabetes Thanks Bret For Compassion 

This is Kimberly Gerrish. I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Bret after his amazing show in Thunder Bay this past weekend. I just have to say, that Bret was so compassionate, patient and willing to listen, it was nice to talk with a celebrity that was so caring!

It meant a lot to me to meet Bret, as I shared with him that my 22 year old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 2 years old. Its been a challenging illness to saw the least, but the last couple of months have been particularly challenging for Taylor and myself. Two months ago I found my son in insulin shock, minutes away from death after a seizure. He had been drinking the night before, came home and passed out. My son is on the pump which can mean that he can get into danger a lot quicker. Thank goodness I was home and was able to call 911. Taylor had plans to go to Indonesia to volunteer and teach english to children this year, but he has made it his goal to take care of his health first. I shared this traumatic experience with Bret and he was so reassuring. He was candid about how challenging his 20s were. 

He took the time to make an encouraging video for my son which I shared with him. This meant a lot to him hearing the words from someone who knows exactly what life is with diabetes.

My son dedicated many of his younger years as a child ambassador for JDRF. He went into school and service clubs to educate others about the illness. Bret’s work for JDRF puts a face to this chronic illness. I was so touched to hear that that he made a donation to JDRF during his visit in Thunder Bay. I have been impressed with how much energy and time my son has given to getting his diabetes under control over the last year. His blood results have been spectacular. 

People like Bret and Taylor are truly an inspiration. I love that Bret discussed his diabetes at most of his appearances. In our house it has always been our motto that diabetes can never be used an excuse. I know my son will make his mark in the world as well.

Please, please thank Bret again and give him a big hug for me. 

We will cherish his words and special video for Taylor forever xo

  

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Marissa Returns From Diabetes Summer Camp, Gives Thanks To Bret

Marissa Returns From Diabetes Summer Camp, Gives Thanks To Bret

Marissa Loved Diabetes Camp!

Thank you so much, Bret, for sending our daughter Marissa to diabetes camp at Camp Soles! She just got home today. She had a wonderful week at camp. They spent their time swimming, canoeing, climbing the rock wall, learning archery and making friends. She especially loved the dance party and when her team won first at the “Mock Rock” dance contest. She learned to do her own insulin pump sites this week also! We are so proud of her. We are so happy she was able to spend a week at a place where she fit in and checking her blood and taking insulin was “normal”. The memories & friendships she made will last a lifetime. 

Marissa is 11 and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes almost 3 years ago. She doesn’t let diabetes hold her back from doing anything! We want to thank you not only for sending her to camp, but also for showing her that you can still ROCK with diabetes. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 

Love, 

Kelly, Rich & Marissa 

   

   

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.

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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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Life Rocks Diabetes Camper Races Motocross Loretta Lynn’s Ranch

Life Rocks Diabetes Camper Races Motocross Loretta Lynn’s Ranch

Check out this great news and opportunity from our friend Sophia who Bret sent to diabetes summer camp through his Life Rocks Foundation. On behalf of Bret, who is a lifelong type 1 diabetic, an avid Supercross rider himself and good friends with country music legend Loretta Lynn…good luck Sophia! – Team Bret

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Local Racer Earns Spot at Motocross National Championship from Loretta Lynn’s Ranch


Hurricane Mills, Tenn. – Farmington’s Sophia Johnson just made her dream come true. The 18-year-old dirt bike racer has qualified for the largest amateur motocross race in the world, the 34th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. Johnson took on over 20,000 hopefuls from across America to earn one of just 1,483 qualifying positions. The class that she will be competing in is the Women’s 16+ All-Star class full of 21 women.


“The Amateur Nationals at Loretta Lynn’s is the event every motocross racer in the country wants to compete in,” said Event Director Tim Cotter. “A win at the Amateur Nationals gives a rider instant national notoriety and can serve as a springboard to a lucrative professional motocross career.”

Most of America’s top professional motocrossers, including James Stewart, Ricky Carmichael, Travis Pastrana and Jeremy McGrath, have won AMA Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn’s. The race is so prestigious that in 2013 race coverage was aired on NBC for the first time ever.

In 2015, the coverage only gets better as the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC National Championship will air LIVE streaming from Loretta Lynn’s on RacerTV.com throughout the week and be broadcast later in the fall on NBC Sports Network.


Johnson, who just graduated from St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists (SPCPA – where she was training in the art of dance), has been riding since she was 3 years old. With the help of sponsors such as Fly Racing, Dunlop Tires, Leatt Protectives, GoPro, Spy Optics, SixSixOne, Bell Helmets, Lucas Oil, Twin Air, Monster Army, and most importantly her mom, dad, friends, and family who help pay her way to the races, Johnson has had the opportunity to pursue her dreams. She started racing competitively when she was 5, and competes nearly every weekend at Spring Creek Motocross in Millville, MN, all of the Motokazie series races in Kellogg, MN and Mankato, MN, and many of the other tracks in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and South Dakota. She is also broadening her national level by starting to compete in other races around the country in different states. Johnson will be starting college in the fall at Iowa State University.

Right in the middle of Sophia Johnson’s Moto career when she was just 12 years old, she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. This is an autoimmune disease in which the pancreas stops producing insulin. She has to monitor her blood sugar hourly and take many injections a day. As an athlete, this is a hurdle that she has to overcome daily to excel at her sport. She is very involved in the Diabetes community and JDRF.

Johnson will make the long journey to Tennessee along with her Father Lonnie, her mother Paula, and a few of her best friends that have been some of the biggest supporters to her. The race runs July 27 – August 1, 2015.

Johnson is just one of the over 20,000 who spent the last four months qualifying for the event. The top finishers in area and regional qualifiers earn a birth into the National Championship race at Loretta Lynn’s. Racers may enter a wide variety
of classes, from minicycle classes for children as young as four, all the way up to a senior division for riders over 50. There are also classes for women and classes for both stock and modified bikes.

The track is built on a section of Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and Campground in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. The course contains a variety of jumps, corners and other obstacles designed to test the skills and stamina of the racers.

Most riders attend the event with the help of their families. In fact, many groups consider the event their family’s summer vacation. Besides races, the ranch provides family-friendly facilities including a game room, swimming pools, arts and crafts activities as well as a fashion and talent show.

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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