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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Bret Michaels Teams With A.J. Hawk To Help Sofia & Vincent

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Bret Michaels Teams With A.J. Hawk To Help Sofia & Vincent

Update 6/8/17: We are happy to report Sofia’s cancer is in remission and she is doing great!

Update: We received these photos as a follow up to the story we did below just before the holidays where Bret Michaels’ Life Rocks Foundation and good friend A.J. Hawk’s Locks For Kids teamed up to help two awesome kids. 
Just today one of the children, Sofia (aka Moo) received her wig. So happy for Moo and a huge thank you to Hawk’s Locks, our friends at Gemini Salon and Spa in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Kelly Ferro for the cut and style, and Leslie Thomas Zevnik at Wigs For Kids.

For more info and how you can donate to Bret and A.J’s respective foundations to continue helping other children visit the following links below. – Team Bret 

Bret’s Life Rocks Foundation @ https://www.crowdrise.com/fundraise-and-volunteer/donations/bretmichaelsliferocks/bretmichaels

A.J.’s Hawk’s Locks For Kids @ http://www.hawkslocksforkids.org

  
In the spirit of the holiday season, we’d like to share with you the following stories of hope, compassion in helping others and the off chance that two people can positively affect each other without even knowing it. Meet Sofia and Vincent, two children battling illness and circumstances beyond their control. Oddly enough, these children have never met each other nor have they ever spoken a word to the other, but their stories are linked together by way of two great friends in musician Bret Michaels and NFL linebacker A.J. Hawk through their respective charitable foundations.

Bret MichaelsLife Rocks Foundation recently met a spunky, outgoing 8 year old girl named Sofia who is battling lymphoblastic leukemia and because of intense treatments had lost all of her hair. Sofia’s fight with leukemia hasn’t been an easy one, but she remains strong receiving an outpouring of support from great family, friends, hospital staff and doctors. Even at 8 years old, Sofia has learned the meaning of paying forward certain gifts and toys she has received in an effort to brighten the day of another child going through the same thing she is. Sofia’s only wish, other than to beat leukemia, is to receive a wig.


Being that Bret and A.J. are great friends, Bret and his Life Rocks Foundation reached out to A.J. and his Hawk’s Locks For Kids foundation to see if they could help Sofia’s wish could come true. Without hesitation Hawk’s Locks For Kids went to work making this wish a reality and just recently Sofia had measurements taken for her new wig that she will receive in the coming weeks.

During the initial contact between Bret’s and A.J.’s foundations, Life Rocks met Vincent through Hawk’s Locks For Kids. Vincent is a vibrant, outgoing, awesome 13 year old boy who is living with Type 1 diabetes and autism. Bret, who is a Type 1 childhood diabetic himself, formed his Life Rocks Foundation out of necessity. One of the initiatives of Life Rocks is to cover the cost to send children living with diabetes to summer camp each year. In addition, Bret’s Life Rocks Foundation helps in teaching others how to manage their diabetes while raising awareness. With that being said Bret Michaels’ Life Rocks Foundation is sending Vincent to diabetes summer camp in 2016.

Huge thank you to A.J. Hawk’sHawk’s Locks For Kids” and Wigs For Kids on bringing their foundations together with Bret’s Life Rocks Foundation to get it done for these children.

We encourage you, if you have the means, to please consider making a donation to each of their great charities to continue helping great children like Sofia and Vincent. – Team Bret

Click here for more info and how you can donate to Bret Michaels’ “Life Rocks Foundation”.

Click here for more info and how you can donate to A.J. Hawk’s “Hawk’s Locks For Kids”.

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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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Martha’s Angels Thank Bret For Breast Cancer/Pinktober Support

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Martha’s Angels Thank Bret For Breast Cancer/Pinktober Support

Bret, 

You did for us what no one has done in 4 l/2 years of pounding the pavement. What an awesome time we had at Velvet Sessions Pinktober. Thanks to you and the Loews Hotel, we received a check for $10,509.03 and they are not done yet in the fight against breast cancer!

You don’t know how many people we will be able to help beacause of this. 

Love always to you and the B*M*B,

Hill and Mom

 

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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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Breast Cancer Can Stick It Thanks Bret For Helping Fight The Fight

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Breast Cancer Can Stick It Thanks Bret For Helping Fight The Fight

Thanks Bret for always supporting BreastCancerCanStickIt.org

Great seeing you in Tyler, TX – Scott

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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.

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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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Breast Cancer Can Stick It

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Breast Cancer Can Stick It

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I met Bret Michaels in Texas and talk to him about Breast Cancer Can Stick It, an organization founded by April Samuels who is a breast cancer survior herself and professional drummer. I want to thank Bret for his love and support with wanting to help others. I am happy to bring knowledge of this organization to Bret’s attention in order to reach out and spread awareness to help people in the fight against breast cancer.

Thank you for your time and support in helping other Bret!

– Scott Shoemaker

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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.

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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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Scott & Heather’s Beautiful Soul

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Scott & Heather’s Beautiful Soul

I’d like to share my beautiful story regarding how Bret Michaels provided me with strength, inspiration, and true compassion. I was married to my absolute best friend and soul mate, Heather Ramsey. Our second date took place at a concert where no other then Bret Michaels performed. We had both been long time fans of his music. It was an amazing evening and Heather and I had the awesome experience of seeing him perform. Of course, we saved our ticket stubs. Heather and I were promptly married a few short months later. Our friendship, love, and family grew into something I never thought was possible. Tragedy struck on August 14th 2013 (her son Kyler’s 18th birthday) when we first learned she had cancer. Our worlds would never be the same. She battled the horrible beast and every day she slowly deteriorated into a mere shell of a human. I bought tickets to go see Bret Michaels much earlier for the show on March 9, 2014…just hoping Heather would have the strength to see him one last time. Although she fought hard, she passed March 4, 2014…just days prior to us being able to have that experience of seeing Mr. Michaels together again. I was destroyed…I still am and always will be. I decided I would not go to the show. After much convincing, my buddies Rob Flores and Rudy Ornelas convinced me at the last minute to attend…that it would help me mentally. Of course, it was an amazing show. It was nice to be able to “feel” again. After the show Rob and Rudy motioned me over to the souvenir table. A gentleman stated Rob and Rudy had shared that my wife had just passed and expressed his deepest sympathies. He said I should go over to the end of the table and “talk to that guy”. I looked over and that guy was Robi Wylde!! The keyboardist for the Bret Michaels band! I couldn’t believe it. I walked over and he shook my hand and asked about my wife. As it was extremely loud from all the screaming fans he escorted us back into the theater and asked about us. He was impressed we had all served in the military and now in law enforcement. He even thanked US! He began to ask more questions about my beautiful soul mate. He proceeded to take us backstage where we had the amazing opportunity to meet many of the hard working stage hands and the other band members! They were all so laid back and I couldn’t believe we were having this experience. As the night progressed they spent close to an hour just talking with us. As time had come for us to go home Robi said, “Hold on…one more person wants to meet you”. I honestly wasn’t expecting ANYTHING as I was already so amazed we had such an awesome evening. He escorted us down a couple stairs to a door. The door opened and it was none other than Mr. Bret Michaels. I entered the room and emotion flooded over me. I began to cry uncontrollably. All I could think of was how much Heather had made this amazing evening happen. Without hesitation Bret reached out…and hugged me. He held me like I was his brother and he had known me his whole life…and I cried uncontrollably. I realized that this was the first time I truly let it all out. I had spent all week being strong for our 4 kids, being strong for her mother, being strong making funeral arrangements and all the million other things I had to be strong for. For the first time…I felt I could just be emotional and cry. I tried to regain my composure and Bret asked, “Can I please have the pleasure of knowing your wife’s name?” I was immediately impressed with how genuine he was…he really cared about MY feelings…little old Scott Ramsey. I responded emotionally but very proudly, “Heather”. I told him she had just passed a few days prior to cancer and showed him her picture. Bret actually became teary eyed as I shared that our second date was at his performance years prior. Bret Michaels became emotional as I shared my very personal story. He didn’t say things would get better. He didn’t say time heals all wounds. He just let me cry, share my experience, and was TRULY GENUINE. He hugged me again and asked what he could do for ME! I asked him if he could please sign Heather’s ticket stub from years prior. He stated, “It would be my absolute honor”. We took some great pictures and once again, he hugged me. Here I was with THE Bret Michaels…the man that can have anything and everything he wants at the snap of his fingers (heck, we’ve all seen Rock of Love!) but he was taking time out of his very busy schedule to listen to my story and comfort me. I couldn’t, and still can’t, grasp how human and down to earth he was. No words can express how GENUINE and COMPASSIONATE Bret was. It was an absolute amazing and more importantly, therapeutic experience for me. Although she wasn’t able to see him again our story with Bret Michaels had come full circle. Bret Michaels is the most genuine, compassionate person I have encountered in many years. Him spending that time with me and truly listening to my story, sharing some emotion, and him just hugging me like a brother speaks volumes to what an amazing human being he is. His character has inspired me to, not only get out of bed in the morning, but to try and inspire people the way he has inspired and motivated me. You see…it wasn’t the rock star Bret Michaels that “rocked my world”…it was the amazing character and true soul of Bret Michaels that “gave me something to believe in”. Words can’t express how much he saved me!

Scott

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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.

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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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Cancer Survivor Pays It Forward Through Dance

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Cancer Survivor Pays It Forward Through Dance

My name is Lore’ and I am the concept director and manager of Spirits of the Woods Performance Troupe. I have been a cancer survivor since 2006. Together with another cancer surviving friend of mine, we had decided to put together a 12 member theatrical dance troupe that performs for benefits and fundraisers of all kinds, because we felt that we needed to help others and to “pay it forward”.

Our first show was done for the animals and animal rescue sanctuaries that were impacted from the Black Forest fire in Colorado, last summer. We were able to raise a little bit of money to get pet/livestock food to these sanctuaries that took in the displaced and injured animals from the fire. And someone graciously donated some saddles, harnesses and heated water trough at our event. We will continue to put performances together to help support various causes whether it be for supporting a community event to raise money for their cause, cancer, MS, or any other illnesses, or anything to help with animals or wildlife.

Because of lymph node involvement from my cancer, I will probably always struggle with the thought of its return, but I’m staying strong minded and will continue to dance/act and create themed performances with the rest of my wonderful troupe to help others in need! Many blessings to all!

Lore’

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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.

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 visiting LifeRocksFoundation.org to show support in helping others.

Thank you for your continued support!

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Elizabeth’s Story Of Survival

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Elizabeth’s Story Of Survival

I would like to share my story of survival. It’s been a rough 2 years. First my Father passed away, then I was diagnosed with Stage IIIc Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. First step into the unknown, doctors were not sure if chemo would work, we were hoping we caught it soon enough. At the time of diagnosis I was working as a Special Education Assistant and it brought back memories of Bret. I share a bit of history with him, back in the 80’s he came to the school I’m at (I’ve been there a long time) and visited. He made a huge impact. He has not changed, his compassion and empathy for other people is overwhelming. Then he overcame such darkness, I knew I could too. After Chemo, a Double-Mastectomy, and radiation, the doctors say I’m a miracle. Cancer free as of December 5, also my wedding anniversary. I am blessed to have known you Bret at that time, and truly wish you all the best, and nothing but luck in all you do.

Elizabeth

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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: Darcie Turns Cancer Into Her Calling

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Darcie Turns Cancer Into Her Calling

I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in February 2008. I was 31 years old and breast cancer had never crossed my mind. Since my diagnosis, I have had 2 reoccurrences, 7 surgeries, 8 rounds of chemotherapy, 66 radiation treatments and countless tests and body scans. I am finally cancer free and have been since June 2011. I am beyond happy! I am a fighter and survivor! Cancer will always be a part of my life, but I will never let it define me.

Cancer has brought some good to my life along with the challenges. It has taught me to appreciate the little things. Focus on what’s really important. It’s not lots of money, fancy things, or power; it’s TIME! Time is truly a gift and it should not be wasted. Spend time with the ones you love because however much we want it to, it won’t last forever. I cherish every minute, especially the time spent with my son Dylan. Dylan is my life’s greatest work. I love him beyond words and I must fight to be here to see him grow up.

I also devote more time to fundraising for charities. After my diagnosis, the importance of fundraising became much more personal. I participate in the American Cancer society Making Strides Against Breast cancer walks, St. Judes, March of Dimes, Vickies Angels (local charity that helps cancer patients pay their day to day bills during treatment) and any type of military fundraising events. I do as much as I can to help make a difference. There is never a donation ( or deed) too small. Every penny truly makes a difference and can change someone’s world.

– Darcie

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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.

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 visiting LifeRocksFoundation.org to show support in helping others.

Thank you for your continued support!

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Jeni’s Story

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Jeni’s Story

Sharing my story is not something I have done much over the past 10 years, as it is still something very personal to me. I have found though that that more I share it, the more I am able to help others. What I am sharing is a snapshot of me, my story and my journey, which has led me to my current volunteer role of Event Chair for the Relay For Life of Ripley County, Indiana.

I had been a team captain / team member in the Relay For Life of Virginia Beach for the better part of 15 years. When I moved back to Indiana it would be 5 years before I got re-involved in this wonderful event.

When I began my journey with Relay For Life all of those years ago I never thought that I would be speaking to anyone about the Relay as a cancer survivor. Everything in my life, my entire world, changed 10 years ago.

On August 4, 2003 at the age of 31 I was diagnosed with stage I endometrial cancer. At the time I was a military wife whose husband was half a world away, the mother of an 11 year old and a 9 year old and was over 700 miles away from my nearest family.

The two weeks following August 4 is hard for me to remember clearly. I moved methodically through a fog. During those days I had countless doctor appointments, I was scanned on every inch of my body to see if the cancer had spread and it seemed like I had needle marks on every inch of my hands and arms from so many tests being run.

During that time I had to absorb so much information and it was so frightening. I quickly learned about survival statistics, treatment plans and surgery options, which truly weren’t options. As you can imagine, those were some very dark days.

I have always been a very strong, independent person but it didn’t take long for me to figure out that I was not going to be able to get through this on my own. So I took a deep breath, I gathered my family around me and told them about the plan to make me better. I held on tightly to my husband, explained the best I could to my children and I told co-workers and staff, asking for their support. The single most important decision that I made was my decision to live a life wrapped in grace, dignity and happiness in spite of the disease within me. I also chose to trust that God had a purpose for this and I would leave it in His hands.

Little did I know that 7 years later, after having been cancer free for over 5 years, I would again hear the words, “you have cancer”, but this time it was thyroid cancer.

In both instances, I never fell within the typical risk factors and it made me realize that cancer can truly happen to anyone at any time.

Laughter and love have carried my family through this together and I have been encouraged by my medical team to live my life as though this cancer is an inconvenience that just needs to be dealt with rather than a death sentence. Life hasn’t stopped and it certainly is sweeter.

What I have found along the way is that the American Cancer Society is all around me, popping up in the most unexpected places, helping to support me through these trying times. I found a wealth of information on the American Cancer Society web site about the latest research and treatment options. I found a community of survivors out there, brought together in news groups and chat rooms, supported by the ACS.
I found that if I call the ACS, any time, any day, someone will pick up the phone and ask,“How can I help you? – Literally 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! It is because of that positive experience that I chose to play a larger role in Relay.

As I have moved through my journey, I have thought about the Relay For Life a lot. I have always loved the Relay and being a part of it. I have had moments when I thought never again – I’ll never be able to make it through another Relay, as the emotions are too deep and the feelings too painful.

I realize that I now get it, finally, after all of these years – I really understand what the Relay For Life is all about. The process and structure of the Relay mimics real life in the world of a cancer survivor and care giver. We describe the Relay as a team event – cancer is a team event. Once diagnosed with cancer you soon realize that you are surrounded by a team of health care providers, care givers, family, friends and fellow survivors. No cancer patient makes the journey alone. It takes a team
to get it done.

The relay is an overnight celebration of hope, progress and answers…because cancer never sleeps. When you commit to work a Relay through the night and you “Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back,” you are living the life of a cancer survivor. We never let our guard down and we can’t stop – we are engaging the enemy in a fight for our lives…for the rest of our lives. In that one night, you are sharing in our reality.

The Relay is conducted in honor of and is dedicated to the millions of Americans who have survived cancer. It is a privilege to Relay and stand side by side and in honor and support of these courageous people. Even as a cancer survivor myself I am humbled in the presence of all the other survivors. By participating in Relay you represent the future; you give life and a voice to the cure that is on the horizon.

The arms of the American Cancer Society are far reaching and get to the core of cancer with research and helping patients to feel better. The treatments that I have received were formulated and selected based in part on the results of American Cancer Society funded research studies.

As for me and my story, I am a cancer warrior and I continue fighting! I had major surgery at 31 to completely remove my reproductive system and 7 years later I had surgery to remove my thyroid gland and over 60 lymph nodes. I have endured intraoperative radiation therapy, systemic radiation therapy and multiple radioactive iodine treatments.

Cancer has changed me. It has made me look within. It has made me dig deep into my soul. It has inspired me to reach out to others. Cancer realigned my priorities. I feel courageous and strong. I feel victorious. I feel like a survivor.

In 2012 I was asked to be the event chair of the Relay For Life of Ripley County, a position that I continue to hold today. I made a decision to do everything possible to help find a cure for cancer. In 2013 Ripley County’s Relay was honored with a top 10 award for highest proceeds raised per capita in the NATION! This is a huge feat for a county of 28,600 people!

I still have a hard time sharing my story without a few tears appearing, but they are now tears of joy because today, everyday, is a GREAT day to be alive!

Thank you so much for allowing me to share my story and tell you what the American Cancer Society and the Relay For Life means to me and to millions just like me. The Relay For Life touches the lives of cancer survivors and caregivers every day.

I would be amiss if I didn’t say thank you to Bret for bringing joy to my life throughout all of my struggles in life, through their music and through Bret’s positive outlook on life and the health problems he has endured. We all have struggles in life, but it is how we respond to them that makes all the difference!

My life has been blessed by Bret for the past 25 years (I was 16 when I first saw Poison at Indiana State University) and have to say that he only continues to get better!

Jeni

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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.

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 visiting LifeRocksFoundation.org to show support in helping others.

Thank you for your continued support!

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Matt’s Fight With Cancer

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Matt’s Fight With Cancer

My son Matt is a local comedian in Pittsburgh who is 24 years old and was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma on July 17, 2013. He was in stage 4, very aggressive cancer, but after 6 months of chemo. With the help of the staff at Hillman Center and awesome doctor he had Stanley Marks he was cancer free on all all his final scans and blood work. We received the great news February 10, 2014.

Stephanie

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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.

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 visiting LifeRocksFoundation.org to show support in helping others.

Thank you for your continued support!

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