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Tanya & Hunter Thank Bret For Sending To Diabetes Summer Camp! – TeamBretMichaels.com

Tanya & Hunter Thank Bret For Sending To Diabetes Summer Camp! – TeamBretMichaels.com

Bret –

We would like to thank you so much for sending Hunter to Camp Planet D. He had a blast and we are so grateful that he had the opportunity to experience such an amazing camp with people who live with the same disease he battles daily. He had a blast entertaining the camp with his back flips! He is ready to go back next year and is planning on becoming a counselor when he is too old to go.

Thanks so much.

Tanya (Hunter’s mom)

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TeamBretMichaels.com Feature

TeamBretMichaels.com Feature

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Parents Look To Bret For Inspiration

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Parents Look To Bret For Inspiration

Bret,

It was great to meet you at Rams Head in Annapolis, Maryland this week. We enjoyed the concert and the time you took with us after to discuss our son Daniel who has type 1.  As requested here is a photo of my ink.

Marty & Carolyn

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A Fan’s Throwback Thursday Story, Meeting Bret, Chemo & Inspiration

A Fan’s Throwback Thursday Story, Meeting Bret, Chemo & Inspiration

I met Bret 2 years ago after a concert in Hampton Beach, NH. I had just been told I needed chemo and cried all day. My friends convinced me to still go to the concert and do a meet/greet. Even though Bret had no idea what was going on, he was so incredibly nice, nicer than I ever imagined he would be. Two years later my treatments, surgeries etc are all done I had a chance to meet him again, this time with my daughter. We had a nice chat, I told him how much it meant to me that he was so kind and my daughter was thrilled to meet him too. In this day and age when stars are hero worshiped, Bret proves that he is the real deal. Bret is so charitable, so kind and thankful to all of his fans. Not only that, but every member of his band is just as nice and I’m so glad he’s feeling better.

 

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Paige Builds Lasting Friendships At Diabetes Camp

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Paige Builds Lasting Friendships At Diabetes Camp

I can’t thank Bret Michaels and the Life Rocks Foundation enough for sending me to diabetes camp last summer (2013). Camp is the one thing I look forward to all year. For me camp is better than Christmas or birthdays or any other holiday. Camp is a time for me to see my friends that I’ve made there, to do fun activities, have fun, and for once feel like a “normal” kid. Since everyone at camp has diabetes, you no longer have to be embarrassed or feel like an outcast because everyone there is the same as you. Over the years, my camp friends no longer just feel like friends, they feel like family and without camp, I would have never met them.

My camp friends now come to my house and stay for weeks at a time and I visit them as well, so we keep our friendships going throughout the year and not just a week at camp. Along with making friends, we do different activities everyday. Some activities we do are: swimming, jet skiing, tubing, boating, rock climbing, high ropes, archery, paintball, dodge ball, volleyball, horseback riding, and many others. My favorite activities are jet skiing, and the high ropes. Every year when camp is over we cry saying goodbye to our new and old friends and are already waiting for next year to come.

Thank you for making all this possible.

Paige

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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

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: Holly’s Wish Becomes Reality

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Holly’s Wish Becomes Reality

In wild anticipation we waited in line to get our wrist bands for the Bret Michaels
concert. Holly, our UnityAJourneyOfHope.org wish recipient who is battling multiple myeloma sat nervously tapping her toes awaiting her chance to meet her life long inspiration. Suddenly the venue fills with excitement, BRET MICHAELS appears rockin the sold out crowd. Holly smiled from ear to ear and her exhaustion turns to instant energy. We turn around and she is chair dancing supported by her two daughters.

Holly and Unity volunteers made their way to the stage parting the sea of patrons in
order to get her to her hero. Through the concert Bret made eye contact with Holly and once he saw the UnityAJourneyOfHope.org t-shirt he knew he would be meeting Holly after the concert! He came over to her, kissed her hand, she melts and he gives her his guitar pick which was over the top for her! Holly is already in 7th heaven gets to meet Bret in person after the concert!

This is what UNITY is all about “Changing lives, 1 wish at a time…” We are Unity A
Journey Of Hope. Unity grants wishes to adults with a life limiting illness in the greater Pittsburgh area. Holly’s wish is one of many where UNITY changes the focus. We are so glad to help make Holly’s wish come true.

For more info on Unity, please visit: UnityAJourneyOfHope.org

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: In our thoughts Rachel Mckibben and her family…

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: In our thoughts Rachel Mckibben and her family…

On behalf of all of us at MEGI, we’d like to take a moment to wish our good friend Rachel Mckibben good luck today as she enters the hospital to receive her long awaited and much hoped for kidney transplant to help save her life. After a life long diabetic fight, we are very happy to see Rachel get this opportunity made possible with the help of a live donor named Ryan. On this day we wish Rachel, Ryan and their families our very best. Rachel’s story is just one of the reasons the Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation does what it does to help others.

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Fellow Diabetic Brady Meets Bret

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Fellow Diabetic Brady Meets Bret

My name is Tracey Logan and I live in Hattiesburg, MS. Bret played here this past Sunday, Oct. 6th. My son, Brady, is 11 and was just diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Needless to say, it was quite a kick in the gut! I am so happy to say that we did get to meet Bret at the meet and greet after the concert in Hattiesburg, MS. I  met Bret and mentioned to him that Brady was out in the parking lot. He said, “well go get him and bring him here”. He had one of his guys take me to get Brady and bring him to meet him and get his picture with him.

I cannot express how gracious Bret was to us and especially in speaking to Brady about diabetes. He was a class act! It was so good for Brady to see what a rock star like Bret can do and accomplish even with diabetes. I am so grateful to him for taking his time to talk to us and to get his picture made with Brady. Bret also told Brady that we need to get him to camp. I told him that I had emailed a guy named Patrick 🙂 and that I noticed the information about camp when I found your email on the foundation website. I will have to read up more about camp. I would love for Bret to know how much I appreciate his time with me and Brady that night. Please pass this information along to him. Can’t wait until I get to see him again in concert!! He truly rocked!

Great show and great guy!

Sincerely,
Tracey Logan
(A very grateful mom of a diabetic child)

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