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TeamBretMichaels.com Feature: Jenson & Family Thank Bret For Diabetes Summer Camp Sponsorship

TeamBretMichaels.com Feature: Jenson & Family Thank Bret For Diabetes Summer Camp Sponsorship

Jenson is just days away from attending Camp Planet D in Missouri. Jenson was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 18 months and is now 12 years old. Thanks to Bret Michaels, Jenson will be rocking his way into camp as one thankful kid! Team Bret, we can’t thank you all enough for the opportunity! See you soon in K.C.!

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Cole Thanks Bret For Sending Him To Diabetes Summer Camp!

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Cole Thanks Bret For Sending Him To Diabetes Summer Camp!

Bret,

I wanted to send this email to you as a huge thank you for sponsoring my son Cole with his first experience at diabetes camp. Not just first experience, he has never even spent a night away from home. Every night I still get up and test his sugar a least 2 times a night because he doesn’t feel his night time lows. This was a big step for both of us!  

I dropped him off yesterday with tears and pick him up Friday. I know he will have the time of his life thanks to you Bret. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving him this opportunity! 

All the best and thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Cole and Chrissi

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Cora Thanks Bret For Sending Her To Diabetes Summer Camp!

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Cora Thanks Bret For Sending Her To Diabetes Summer Camp!

Bret,

Thank you so much for sending Cora to American Diabetes Association Camp this year. She has been living with Type 1 Diabetes since she was 4 years old. She is a very strong, caring and extremely responsible young lady who manages her diabetes daily and lives life to the fullest. Here is a picture of her with a “Thank You Bret” sign she made. Thanks to the Life Rocks Foundation for all you do and thanks to Bret Michaels for being such a wonderful inspiration and role model for those living with Type 1! This is a year she’ll never forget! 

Brandi Spencer


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TeamBretMichaels.com Story – Halle Thanks Bret For Sending Her To Diabetes Summer Camp

TeamBretMichaels.com Story – Halle Thanks Bret For Sending Her To Diabetes Summer Camp

Dear Bret Michaels,

As parents of an eight year old diabetic, Halle, we want to thank you for sending Halle to Diabetes Camp this upcoming summer. Halle is looking forward to camp but she is also a reserved gal and when we ask her questions about it, she is concise and matter-of-fact.

So, we asked Halle “why do you want to go to camp?” Halle’s blue eyes lit up and a big smile appeared. Halle replied, “it’s fun!” We prodded with “what’s fun?” and all she could say was “EVERYTHING!” Diabetes camp means SO much to our family. Why? First and foremost, as her parents, we know that the ADA sponsored camp has well-trained staff that know and understand how to care for Halle’s needs. As for Halle, when questioned what does diabetes camp mean to you? Halle stated, “I can focus on the fun.” At camp, Halle loses herself in the excitement yet feels supported by the staff and environment.

Halle has been a diabetic since preschool; moreover, diabetes is a journey that brings both successes and struggles. When Halle was asked to describe her diabetic struggles, she responded in a stern voice with “when EVERYONE gets to have cake and I have to wait because I’m like 257!” One of the blessings is sharing the same condition with her best friend Addison. They understand each other. Luckily, they are in the same school and had the opportunity to present a diabetic presentation to their entire third grade (on World Diabetes Day- November 14th). The girls wanted to bring more diabetic awareness to their school. When preparing for their presentation, the girls looked up Bret Michaels on the internet and felt inspired by his t-shirts that showed mathematically how many injections he has received in his lifetime. Halle and Addison made their own poster with their personal stats for the school presentation.

We are all grateful for Bret Michaels and The Life Rocks Foundation. Thank you for your advocacy of diabetic awareness. Thank you for supporting youth programing. Halle says, “thank you for letting me go to camp.” Yes, thank you Bret Michaels! Halle’s life rocks because of you!

Sincerely,
Brad and Tonya Kolenda


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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 Story: Hannah Returns From Diabetes Summer Camp

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Hannah Returns From Diabetes Summer Camp

Bret Michaels and The Life Rocks Foundation sponsored Hannah this year to attend diabetes summer camp. She had an absolute awesome time. She got to meet Nascar driver Ryan Reed there and many new friends as well as got to see her friends from years past. As you can see she did the rock wall, giant swing, high rope course and archery. We can not thank Bret and the foundation enough for sending Hannah to camp this year.

Best wishes
Eric and Kristina Fletcher

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Family Thanks Bret For Sending Hannah To Diabetes Summer Camp

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Family Thanks Bret For Sending Hannah To Diabetes Summer Camp

Our daughter Hannah was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just after her 6th birthday 6-19-08. There have been many ups and downs in the last 5 1/2 yrs. Hannah has been a trooper. She did not like the routine of 5 or more shots per day and wanted to be on the insulin pump. Two weeks before her 7th birthday, she was put on it. She was then later taken off of it (2-13) because of dosing herself causing hypoglycemia. She was having a hard time dealing with some friend issues at school and also a school nurse who just couldn’t “get it” with regards to Hannah’s care. With many classes and new doctors she was put back on the t-slim insulin pump in Sept. 2013.

Hannah loves to attend diabetes camp. She is the only child with diabetes in her school, so camp provides her with a sense of not being alone. She loves going and meeting new friends and not having to explain every low or high. She can just be herself. She loves all of the activities camp has to offer. She has learned in the past two years of camp to put in her own pump sites, give herself shots in her arms, carb count and figure out insulin carb ratios. Camp has made her grow in so many ways. She cries when we pick her up. She doesn’t want to leave her diabetes “family”. She has a few friends that she met at camp that write letters back and forth and is always very excited when she gets a new letter in the mail.

Hannah has not let diabetes slow her down. She has been dancing since age 4. At the age of 6 she joined the competitive team at her studio. She dances 3 days a week, she needs to make sure to have extra carbs with her and make sure she checks her sugar before practices and before going on stage. She has danced at many competitions including the Champs Sports Bowl halftime show in Orlando, FL, and at Universal Studios Orlando. She has gotten on stage and forgot to take her pump off and in the middle of her solo it fell out of her costume. She ran off crying and all upset. Minutes later, she composed herself and got right back out there and did her thing.

Hannah is currently considering joining a clinical trial at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. The trial is testing a new way of administering Glucagon. Instead of a shot, the trial is testing the effects, and side effects of a nasal mist. Hannah is very excited about possibly participating in the study because she says she wants to help other diabetics and be a part of something special. She is a “Rock Star”, she is our “Hero”.

We would like to thank, the Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation for sponsoring Hannah this year for camp.

Once again, Thank you!
Kris, Eric and Hannah

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Hannah Doesn’t Let Diabetes Stop Her

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Hannah Doesn’t Let Diabetes Stop Her

Our daughter Hannah was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just after her 6th birthday 6-19-08. There have been many ups and downs in the last 5 1/2 yrs. Hannah has been a trooper. She did not like the routine of 5 or more shots per day and wanted to be on the insulin pump. Two weeks before her 7th birthday, she was put on it. She was then later taken off of it (2-13) because of dosing herself causing hypoglycemia. She was having a hard time dealing with some friend issues at school and also a school nurse who just couldn’t “get it” with regards to Hannah’s care. With many classes and new doctors she was put back on the t-slim insulin pump in Sept. 2013.

Hannah loves to attend diabetes camp. She is the only child with diabetes in her school, so camp provides her with a sense of not being alone. She loves going and meeting new friends and not having to explain every low or high. She can just be herself. She loves all of the activities camp has to offer. She has learned in the past two years of camp to put in her own pump sites, give herself shots in her arms, carb count and figure out insulin carb ratios. Camp has made her grow in so many ways. She cries when we pick her up. She doesn’t want to leave her diabetes “family”. She has a few friends that she met at camp that write letters back and forth and is always very excited when she gets a new letter in the mail.

Hannah has not let diabetes slow her down. She has been dancing since age 4. At the age of 6 she joined the competitive team at her studio. She dances 3 days a week, she needs to make sure to have extra carbs with her and make sure she checks her sugar before practices and before going on stage. She has danced at many competitions including the Champs Sports Bowl halftime show in Orlando, FL, and at Universal Studios Orlando. She has gotten on stage and forgot to take her pump off and in the middle of her solo it fell out of her costume. She ran off crying and all upset. Minutes later, she composed herself and got right back out there and did her thing.

Hannah is currently considering joining a clinical trial at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. The trial is testing a new way of administering Glucagon. Instead of a shot, the trial is testing the effects, and side effects of a nasal mist. Hannah is very excited about possibly participating in the study because she says she wants to help other diabetics and be a part of something special. She is a “Rock Star”, she is our “Hero”.

We would like to thank, the Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation for sponsoring Hannah this year for camp.

Once again, Thank you!
Kris, Eric and Hannah

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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

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