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Musician Suffers Serious Accident, Looks To Bret Michaels For Inspiration. 

Musician Suffers Serious Accident, Looks To Bret Michaels For Inspiration. 

My name is Michael Rose. I have a story of overcoming obstacles by being driven by the passion of music. In 1997 I had packed up everything I owned and moved from Huntsville, AL to Birmingham, AL to start my pursuit of my musical dreams. I was 23 and had began telling myself “if you don’t do it now, you will wonder what if all your life” so off I went. When I first moved I was working as a house painter and lined up work before I moved, but the paint work ended quickly and I was forced to take a job in a steel mill factory, a field of work I was not accustomed to. Fast forward 6 weeks and I am working on a metal sheer. It isn’t safe and next thing you know both of my hands are chopped off at the same time. I lost over half the blood in my body (had to have 5 pints of blood transfused), died for just about a minute. Eventually I woke up and have been fighting for my life ever since. So there I laid in this hospital bed, just lost my hands, I’m a guitar player and I just started living my dream that I had been longing for since I was 12 years old. In the blink of an eye it was all gone. The very first question I asked my surgeon was “Will I play guitar again?” he said “No”. It took me over a year, but I played again and have been playing ever since. I am a singer/guitar player/songwriter and am the brainchild behind my band Hook74 that I front write all the music for, record all of our music, film and edit all of our videos…all by myself without hands. I’m a husband, a father, musician AND a Rockstar! I never said “I can’t”, I never said “I quit” I never even asked “Why?” I just faced what was in front of me the best way I knew how. When I was 15 I used to carry a pic of Bret Michaels in my coat pocket as a reminder of what I wanted to be when I grew up, I think I’ve done a pretty good job of living up to it, the best I could! 

Thank you Bret!

Michael

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TeamMichaels.com Feature: Parent Thanks Bret For Inspiration For Daughter Living With Diabetes!

TeamMichaels.com Feature: Parent Thanks Bret For Inspiration For Daughter Living With Diabetes!

Dear Bret –

It’s been a year since my 20 year old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It changed her whole life when she was in college. She became very sick and very skinny. Then she found out she had to leave school and come home. She now has the pump. She also has a job and goes back to school in September.

I told her about you and how living with this disease never stopped you from following your dreams.

Thank you Bret, you are a hero to her! – Lori

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TeamBretMichaels.com Feature: Cole Thanks Bret For Sending Him To 2017 Diabetes Summer Camp

TeamBretMichaels.com Feature: Cole Thanks Bret For Sending Him To 2017 Diabetes Summer Camp

We received these great photos from Cole and his Mom Chrissi who give Bret a big thumbs up to thank him for sending Cole to Diabetes summer camp in 2017!

We hope you have a great time this summer Cole, we can’t wait to see photos and read your stories! – Team Bret

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TeamBretMichaels.com Giving Tuesday!

TeamBretMichaels.com Giving Tuesday!

In the spirit of doing something for a great cause to make a difference, join Bret Michaels in the fight against diabetes by donating or registering at JDRF Heartland Chapter 20th Annual Promise Gala (Council Bluffs/ Omaha, Nebraska) on Saturday February 25, 2017! As a lifelong Type 1 juvenile diabetic Bret has been named the honorary chair for this amazing event. Please click the link below if you have the means to donate, get involved or even share this post.

Thank you so much for your continued support!
To find out more event information and to donate, please visit:

http://jdrf-omaha.ejoinme.org/60189 – Team Bret

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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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TeamBretMichaels.com Featured Story

TeamBretMichaels.com Featured Story

Dear Team Bret,

What an awesome night in so many ways! We saw Bret Michaels Band perform
at Ribfest in Mankato, MN on a gorgeous summer night (her first time), I
got to spend one last moment with my daughter who leaves soon for two
weeks at Camp Needlepoint and then to UWRF as a college freshman, I got to
see Bret in concert for the 9th time, AND my daughter got to meet Bret!

Bret was the one who sent her to Camp Needlepoint in the first place –
three years ago! Since then, she has spent many hours training to be a
full counselor to others with Type 1 Diabetes. This year she will spend
two weeks connecting, teaching, having fun and mentoring other kids.

Thank you Bret (and team, all of whom have been helpful, fun, real and
accessible) for Paying It Forward for my daughter. You changed her life!
And now she is Paying It Forward! This is what matters!

Oh, and she LOVED your concert – it was her first time seeing you! I have
seen you numerous times and it never gets old – only better!

LIFE ROCKS AND ROLLS!!

All our Love,
Julie and Hailey 

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Sisters Thank Bret For Inspiration To Fight Through Illness

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Sisters Thank Bret For Inspiration To Fight Through Illness

My sister and I met Bret Michaels August 21, 2011 at Grand Falls Casino in Larchwood, Iowa. It was the best night of our lives. I have been a fan since I was a teenager and can’t even count how many times I have seen him in concert. My younger sister has been a fan since she was a child. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 9 years old. I was too nervous to even get a word out when I met Bret. My sister had a nice conversation about diabetes with him. He complimented her on how healthy she looked for her lifelong battle. He was the sweetest, kindest man we’ve ever met. In January 2014, I went into respiratory failure and was in a coma and on life support for 6 days. It took months to recover and I returned to normal functioning but I have now been diagnosed with COPD at the age of 43. In March 2016, my sister also went into respiratory failure and was in a coma and on life support for a week. Due to her diabetes and other illnesses, she is now walking with a walker and has not returned to her normal level of functioning. She has developed a terrible diabetic ulcer on her heel and is now fighting to save her leg at the age of 37. Type 1 diabetes sucks! We thank Bret for all the work he has done for juvenile diabetes and we thank him for giving us the best night and memory of our lives! We are strong women and will continue to fight the fights we’re given! – Tara

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Bret Meets Mitch & Carly Of Swimming To Fight Diabetes

Bret Meets Mitch & Carly Of Swimming To Fight Diabetes

Bret,

Thank you for taking the time to meet with us last night and for your support of TeamCarlyRocks.com and the “Swimming To Fight Diabetes” event happening next weekend Saturday September 10, 2016. Like you said Bret, as a fellow Type 1 “all of us living with diabetes are in this together”. Thank you for all you do to support and fight diabetes.

For more information on how the public can donate/get involved please visit: https://www.facebook.com/teamcarlyrocks/?fref=ts.

Thank you!

Mitch & Carly



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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: A Grandaughter Gives Grandfather The Gift Of Life

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: A Grandaughter Gives Grandfather The Gift Of Life

My father was diagnosed with Stage 4 renal failure. His kidneys were shutting down, only functioning at 30%. Without dialysis he wouldnt live past 6 months. I began the process of donating a kidneyDuring a visit to U of M for the final panel of tests and the doctors found a lump in my neck which I had never noticed. After having a biopsy done, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Two week later I was having my thyroid and 68 cancerous lymph nodes removed from neck. I was no longer eligible to donate my kidney. While trying to save my dad’s life, he saved mine, he was back at square one. This was back in 2013. I am happy, and very proud, to say that in January 2016 my very giving and loving 21 year old daughter Courtney donated her kidney to her grandfather. He has adjusted well to her kidney and no longer has to do dialysis. She gave him the best give anyone could ask for, the gift of life. – Tobie

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Jake Thanks Bret For Diabetes Camp Sponsorship

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Jake Thanks Bret For Diabetes Camp Sponsorship

This is a picture of me holding my “Thanks Bret!” sign me I made at Camp Endres. I had an awesome time at diabetes summer camp. Without the help of Bret’s Life Rocks Foundation sending me, I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy it. 

Thank you Bret so much!

– Jake


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