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Bret Michaels Contributes To Operation Welcome Home Benefiting Military Heroes

Bret Michaels Contributes To Operation Welcome Home Benefiting Military Heroes

As the son of a veteran, Bret Michaels continues his longstanding commitment in support of our nation’s brave service men/women and first responders. Each night during shows on his record breaking “Party Starts Now” tour Michaels honors local heroes by bringing them onstage to pay tribute. In addition through his Life Rocks Foundation, each night Bret also makes monetary contributions to local charities across the country. While performing to a record crowd in Morgantown, West Virginia, Michaels met Tim Wolfe from “Operation Welcome Home”. Tim’s organization helps place veterans with jobs and assists with other needs as they return home. On this night, Bret donated a portion of proceeds from a live auction of his custom cowboy hat and stage worn shirt taking place from the stage and at the merchandise booth.

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: A Daughter’s Hero Is Her Veteran Father

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: A Daughter’s Hero Is Her Veteran Father

With Veterans Day approaching, I’m asking to share the attached photo of my 91 year old Dad.

Dad is a World War II Veteran, he was a Japanese prisoner of war, one of only 7 whom survived the camp. He’s now the last living. He’s not only a Veteran, but my Hero. 

GO NAVY!

– Michelle Lavelle
 
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Veteran Couple & Pet Parents Thank Bret For Inspiration During Diabetes Fight, Military Support & Pet Charities

Veteran Couple & Pet Parents Thank Bret For Inspiration During Diabetes Fight, Military Support & Pet Charities

I have been a fan of Bret Michaels for as long as I can remember but what I didn’t know was just how many of my life experiences he could relate to or what an inspirational person he would become for me. Even several years later when I had an opportunity to see Bret Michaels live (twice in fact, once in 2003 and again in 2006 I believe) at Burlington Steamboat Days, I still had no idea. The only thing I was aware of at that time was what an amazing show Bret put on.

Fast forward to the year 2010 and the show Celebrity Apprentice because this is when I learned that Mr. Michaels was also a type 1 diabetic and an individual who had certainly faced (and would continue to stare down) his fair share of adversity. It was in those moments captured on TV that I realized that all the time I had spent in the hospital, all of the struggles I had gone through to try and maintain a “normal” way of life were important events – they made me who I am and helped me grow in and develop further that same fighting spirit which Mr. Michaels possesses.

While my diabetes, along with its’ side effects continue to be a daily struggle for me, I have also been blessed in many ways. I have always had an incredibly supportive family. I have made countless friends in the 12 years that I have been ballroom dancing, a hobby I picked up to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In fact, my best friend and now, husband, is a man that I met while out dancing. He was in the Navy Reserves when we first met. Given both our family histories with military service, we decided to marry on Veteran’s Day of 2011. He brought four incredible children (he was previously married) into my life – a gift of kids that I had given up on long ago since control of my diabetes has always been more than difficult and doctors had warned against it because of the inherent increased risks involved.

Recently, I was given an opportunity to meet Mr. Michaels when he was doing a meet and greet for his Pets Rock collection at a local PetSmart where I live. He was so positive and caring and took the time to visit with both me and my husband (who became disabled in a random accident in 2012). I don’t think I even have the words to express how much those moments reignited our determination to live life to its fullest, to remember every day to grow in some way, and to use our struggles as fuel to help others. Mr. Michaels’ personal ties to JDRF and Operation Homefront also personally touch us.

Thank you Mr. Michaels and Team Bret Michaels for everything you do to raise awareness for these organizations! You make a difference for countless individuals every day and no amount of thanks can express the gratitude my husband and I feel for all you do.

Suzanne

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Shelley Finds Inspiration In Bret

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Shelley Finds Inspiration In Bret

In my first letter to you in 2012, I had just returned from your concert appearance in Peachtree City, Georgia. It was one of the most memorable nights of my life. You are a fighter, a champion, and a beautiful talented soul with your passion for helping people and animals.

I recall in my first letter, I mentioned I was having health issues and pain, and from what at that time I had no idea, and I could barely get to the concert that night, but my determination to see you along with my husband’s help got to my destination. For I knew you would never be only 10 short minutes away from where I live probably ever again!

A year later, I write this letter to you after being diagnosed with post reactive hypoglycemia. This condition is a pre-diabetic condition that causes lows in blood sugar due to a reaction of certain “types” of foods after two hours or so of eating. It is difficult to manage and hard to catch the lows sometimes as they are happening. I become more afraid sometimes each day.

I was placed on medication and a strict diet to which I have adhered to. Unfortunately, things have started to take a turn for the worst. The medication is no longer controlling the lows and now I’m having spikes in blood sugar as well. Recently, I was put through another glucose tolerance test to check for Type 2 diabetes. Following the test, I got home only to suffer a severe crash in blood sugar in the 50’s for which I had never gone before. Thankfully, a family member was here with me as I spiraled downhill, and my husband who is a paramedic was called to come as soon as he could for help. I finally recovered that day with lots of the “right” foods and lots of rest.

Bret, as I type this letter to you with tears in my eyes, I finally understand what my Dad has gone through with years of diabetes. The struggles, the emotions, the ups and downs, the depression, all of it! You see my Dad was actually turned away from the military due to them finding out in his physical that he was suffering from diabetes and he had no idea.

Bret I know you are making a difference every day to win the fight for this horrible illness and I pray for you to continue the battle, for people like us, for you, for your daughters, for everyone. You have the ability to make a difference! You are wonderful!

For anyone out there who has been told by a physician that they are not at risk for diabetes by even having a family member with it like I was, please find another physician that will take heed, listen and test! It may save your life.

I think of my son each and every day, who is a theatre major at Auburn University (War Eagle!), and the possibility that he will one day be diagnosed with this terrible burden of an illness. We would all be thankful for a cure to finally end this potentially deadly disease.

Bret, I hope that you will one day make it back to Peachtree City, Georgia and it is my wish that one day I can give you a big hug and tell you thank you for fighting for me!

With love and and deepest gratitude,

Shelley

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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.

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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 visiting LifeRocksFoundation.org to show support in helping others.

Thank you for your continued support!

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Local Hero Presents Bret With Military Honor

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Local Hero Presents Bret With Military Honor

The presentation was made after Bret’s concert in Texas. When I walked up to present Bret with this military flag honor, he had a very serious look and listened very closely to what I was saying. At the point I was ready to present the shadow box, he stopped me, grabbed some of people that were in the room and said “you have to see this, this is insane” and somewhat brought the room to quiet. I gave a short speech and then presented the shadow box to Bret and read the certificate and plate. Bret was speechless to say the least. We had a personal/intimate conversation for a few minutes afterwards, shook hands, and hugged each other. Knowing how much it meant to me to part from the flag, he promised to take good care of the it and honor what it represented. Bret said he plans on hanging it in his house. I asked him if we could stay in touch and he said “of course, you got it.” I do plan to visit him every chance I get when he is close to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Thanks again Patrick for all that you did for making this happen. I hoped this night left an impact on Bret and that he truly knows how much he is admired and respected by our men and women in uniform.

Alex Childress – Residential Division Manager

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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.

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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 visiting LifeRocksFoundation.org to show support in helping others.

Thank you for your continued support!

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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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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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Thank you for your continued support!

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Mark’s Military Appreciation

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Mark’s Military Appreciation

Dear Bret,

I would truly like to thank you for all you do for our military. I am an ARMY brat and love that fact. My father served 3 tours in Vietnam, my Grandfather (Sidney Lawrence Bradford) past away in 2010 after 30 years of service, three time war vet in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. That was my true to heart hero. One of the few last greats, he was in so many battles I have no idea how my grandmother dealt with that. From the bottom of my heart, Thank You for what you do!

Mark

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org story: A daughter’s compassion makes a mother’s dream come true

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org story: A daughter’s compassion makes a mother’s dream come true

Hello,

My name is Jessica Babcock. I am 16 years old and am writing in hopes you will help my moms dream come true. She is a HUGE Bret Michaels fan-she has seen him 6x all over the place including Tampa FL where she was in the frontrow!

I write because my mom is a young widow. My dad John died a few years ago from a massive heart attack, we found him collapsed in our bathroom where he hit his head. He was in good health and just passed a physical for his job. He had no health conditions. My mom has since raised my sister Belle (age 10 now) and I all alone. She has been my best friend and is the most patient understanding person. I developed severe PTSD after my dad’s death and have many Drs appts. My dad used to take my mom to Bret concerts!

Then shortly after his passing my cousin, my mom’s nephew PFC Michael Demarsico was killed in Afghanastan- (8/16/12) he was just 21. He stepped on an IED. My mom kept the family together – controlled the media and was the family rock. I know my dad is with Michael now. At the Bret Michaels concert the following weekend she cried through the entire set when Bret kept talking about our soldiers.

Through this all my mom has NEVER complained. I do hear her cry at night a lot, but she never shows it to anyone. My mom is a dance teacher and she just started a program for special ed children to dance! She just worked with a teen with MS – she choreographed a special dance from a chair – the entire audience was crying and on their feet. She gives to the community and kids- she also directs theater and works with children who can’t afford to participate and does it for free. My mom is amazing.

I would really like to make my mom’s dream come true and take her to a Bret Michaels concert. She NEVER does anything for herself it is always about my sister and I. This would put a smile on her face – even if just for 1 night.

Jessica Babcock

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Patrick,

I don’t even know where to begin with thanking you and Bret for last night.
I had such an amazing time meeting Bret and enjoying the concert. Bret
seemed to really like my little one Belle right from the moment he saw her
while he was performing – he picked her right out while we were backstage.
She thought it was great he called her sweet baby and waved to her on stage
while we were on the side of the stage and then shook her hand. But of
course it was the after the show meet and greet that was just unbeatable.

People always say what you see on television is always fake, but not with
Bret, he is truly genuine and the conversation we had was sincere and just
overwhelming. I feel like a burden has been lifted off my shoulders. We talked about many things and my daughter captured some photos that are just amazing you can see the passion in his eyes to know he really means what he says. He talked to Jessie about her letter as well. He then told Belle she reminded her of Jorga! And gave her a special guitar pick from his pocket. She was so excited. He of course signed the photos we brought, which I had taken in Tampa Florida at Busch Gardens (which he loved and asked me to send to you. He signed my Bret Michaels Doll, drum stick (from Tampa) and show poster. He was just patient and kind.

Patrick- you have been outstanding dealing with my daughter and I during
this. You are to be commended. You have really made my dream come true. I
know you mentioned wanting to share some of this on the website, you do have
my permission to use what you would like. I am just so impressed with Bret,
you and his entire company and the level of professionalism. I have been
sharing it all over facebook (I have thousands of followers due to my dance
teaching and theater company so I am getting lots of comments and positive
likes!!!) I am attaching some photos of Bret with the girls and I from
last night!

Kristina Kennedy- Babcock

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