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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Laura Battles Breast Cancer Through Music & A Pink Mohawk!

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Laura Battles Breast Cancer Through Music & A Pink Mohawk!

September 25, 2010 I was diagnosed with aggressive stage 3 Breast Cancer. I started my chemo in December 2010 which was pretty much all of my summer back and forth to the hospital every week for my chemo treatment and shots. September 2011 I had bi-lateral mastectomy with reconstruction (8 hours in surgery). The pain I endured after surgery I can’t begin to describe, followed by 8 weeks of intense radiation, but I got through it. How I got through all of this was through music. Every time I went for a treatment I would have my phone charged and put my headphones on and sing to the music, when I got home later on that night I would watch videos on my computer. Music saved my life, I felt happy when I sang and it made me forget everything I was going through. I truly feel if you are going through any illness the best way is to stay positive, do positive things and even make light of what your going through. My photo is when I decided to shave my head before all my hair fell out and made a pink mohawk!

Laura

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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: Chad Fights Against Cancer In Honor Of Family & Friends

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Chad Fights Against Cancer In Honor Of Family & Friends

So growing up with a disability, I learned about being behind the eight ball, but my mom was always there for me. She was there for me whenever I had to have any type of surgery….She was there when I lost two friends in high school in back to back years, including my BEST friend my junior year. I remember meeting Bret after a show in Charleston and talking about how much life sucks when you lose your best friend, something that we could identify with each other on.

Well, fast forward 20 years later, and after losing 3 grandparents and my mom to different forms of cancer, I’ve decided I wanna do something about it! I had been doing an annual fundraiser for American Cancer in honor of a friend who had Non-Hodgkins, but after seeing the struggles that mom went through, I decided it was time I step it up.

Back in the summer, I started my own business, called the 3 Betties Foundation, to work with the local cancer patients/families in the area by offering the services that either aren’t out there, or that are underfunded because of the budget cuts. I designed it that way to honor my mom and two other special ladies in my church family who played a part in my upbringing.

I’m having trouble getting fundraisers off the ground, but I know if I keep plugging away, it will eventually work out! My momma raised me not to give up.

– Chad

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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: Trina Finds Strength During Cancer Battle

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Trina Finds Strength During Cancer Battle

Good Morning, My name is Trina and I was blessed to have met Bret 3 times in 6 months. I first met him on June 22, 2013 at Nutty Jerry’s in Winnie, TX, then a few Months Later at the Concert Pub North in Houston on Oct. 5, 2013 and again on Dec. 26, 2013 at the Concert Pub. The First time I met Bret I had just finished up 4 hard rounds of chemo for lung cancer and had had my left lower lung removed. I was called a stage 1 2b before the chemo and surgery! I stayed cancer free for about 6 month when new ct scan show 3 nodule on my lungs. They watched them hoping they were just caused from infection, so next test set for Nov. was pet scan and it showed the nodules have grown and now it’s not just 3, it’s a total of 11 nodules. A needle biopsy was done a few days later and the test showed that the cancer has reared it’s ugly head once more and I am now stage 4 lung cancer and the fight is back on.  I put off my chemo that should have started on Dec. 18th which was my 50th Birthday and the show to see Bret was the 26th Of Dec. I knew I would be too sick to attend the show, so I put it off. I celebrated my birthday with all my girlfriends and got meet Bret again. I had just been in hospital a few days before Christmas, so I gave him a wrist band from my hospital stay for lung cancer awareness and I gave the band members one too. They were all just stand up cool guys, I was happy to meet them all. What a great birthday, holiday bash! Just did my chemo on January 8th, I have 5 more rounds to go every 3 weeks. I’m hoping the BMB will be back in the Houston area soon!

Thanks again, I’m keeping the faith! Life rocks and cancer sucks!

Much Love,

Trina

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Trina and Bret
Trina at chemo treatment
Trina at chemo treatment
Trina at chemo treatment
Trina at chemo treatment

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: A sister’s love and support

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: A sister’s love and support

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to share my sister Mary’s story. My sister Mary has really shown me what strength is all about. Mary was diagnosed with cancer after having her daughter and went through chemo therapy and radiation, she has been in remission for several years. Recently my sister had been having heart issues and underwent open heart surgery at the age of 43, Mary now has an artificial valve which has helped the blood flow properly. After my sister underwent open heart surgery it was brought to her attention she was diabetic. I commend my sister so much for being brave and never giving up. Although she has had one thing after another challenge her she has never gave up! I’m posting this picture of my sister with Bret from Riverside California. I flew her to see him in concert and surprised her with VIP passes, I thought she was going to pass out, lol.

Bret will be coming to Oregon on February 8th at Spirit Mountain Casino and we will be attending his show for sure! What a great surprise if she could only meet up with him again and get some diabetic pointers.

Hey sis, I love you!

Rezvon

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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: Tammy Fights Her Way Back From Cancer

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Tammy Fights Her Way Back From Cancer

My name is Tammie Schooler I have been fighting AML acute myeloid leukemia. I was first diagnosed on 9-26-2011. I live in Topeka Kansas I had to go to KU medical hospital in KC Kansas. Thru genetic testing my aml should be cured by 5 rounds of chemo. By march 2012 I was in remission. This whole time I had to live in KC to get treatment. By the middle of August my blood cell count was going down signs of relapse. The end of August they did a bone marrow biopsy and I had aml again. I had to have a bone marrow transplant. I was lucky I had 3 out of 4 siblings match. My sister was my donor. On 9-13-2013 I had my transplant. By the end of November my transplant had failed. I couldn’t have another transplant till 4-13-2013. KU had just recently been awarded a research hospital status. So they put me on dacogen chemo to sustain me or put me in remission of leukemia. On 1-1-2013 I got really sick having heart problems hard to breathe I went to ER and was admitted to hospital for 8 days. The chemo killed my thyroid I am now on meds. By the middle of January my drs talked to me and said the chemo wasn’t working and I couldn’t have transplant till April. I could stay in kc and do treatments or go home and do treatments and do weekly visits to KU. I chose to go home. They set me up on palliative care a step before hospice and told me to do what I had to do. Enjoy life with family. I came home and my sister inlaw and I bought cards for my kids bday, graduations, weddings, baby showers and books I could read in my voice do they could always hear my voice. She also told me a story about a lady in Topeka taking a homeopathic remedy to fight her cancers. She had multiple cancers. The product is escozine blue scorpion serum. This dr in California was studying it on tumerous cancers but he had a plan for blood cancers. It doesn’t stop cancer but kills cancer in body. I bought the serum and took it to my dr’s at KU to make sure it wouldn’t interfere with my drugs and chemo. It’s all natural ingredients you get in food plus blue scorpion serum. They were skeptical but found no reason not to try. On march 7th my labs were looking good and they needed to see exactly how many cells I had of my sister so they could figure my chemo to kill her cells to get another bone marrow transplant. They took a blood test which takes 2 weeks to get results and bone marrow biopsy. After appts my husband and I went to lunch sitting across from us was a Spanish couple. Because my counts were low I wear a mask so Inbetween bites I but mask over mouth and nose. On their way out they stopped and the lady told us he was a Spanish healer priest and wanted to heal me. He prayed and healed over me and she interpreted he could speak english. 2 weeks later I went to get my results and my blood test I was 100% my sisters cells and bone marrow biopsy I was 98% my sisters cells. They call me their miracle. I believe thru chemo, prayers, escozine and healing priest I was healed. One of the research drs saw me in may and asked for info on escozine so they could get a sample to test in live cells. I brought them all the info they gave me and gave them a sample of my escozine. They are now writing papers to study and get a grant on escozine to use on leukemia patients. In June I had a car accident and started getting headaches it was 10 days and my dr’s did a spinal tap and found a small trace of cancer in my spine. Chemo causes other cancers sucks but to cure one may cause another. I did 10 rounds of chemo in my spine and escozine again and I am cancer free. Sept 13 was my one year anniversary doing yearly tests to see how my transplant is going. I feel great and look good too. I have set up a fund at US Bank called “Cancer Sucks Go Team Tammie” you can donate at any US Bank . We thought we could handle the bills but we can’t. I have 3 wonderful children and a husband of 23 years. I want people with cancer to be their own advocates and look into every possibility to beat cancer. My doctors were very skeptical but now they want to learn more. Cuba, china and costa Rico have been using blue scorpion serum for years and part of their treatment plan it’s not a guarantee but no treatment is. It’s your choice on treatment so get as much info as you can.

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Cathy’s Courageous Breast Cancer Battle #PINKTOBER

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Cathy’s Courageous Breast Cancer Battle #PINKTOBER

Hi! I’m a longtime fan. I have battled breast cancer starting May 11, 2011. I had a double masectomy. I can’t have any reconstruction and recently I found out I carry the brca 2 gene and had to be opened up to remove my ovaries. I’m one month out from that surgery. Eleven days before I was diagnosed with breast cancer I lost my mother to a rare kidney cancer. I had been taking care of her when I found a
lump. I refused to leave my Mona’s side. After she passed, I was diagnosed. I had
surgery to remove both breasts, 22 chemo treatments, 35 radiation treatments in total and lost all my hair.

Now I’ve been on tamoxifen for five years. My husband recently surprised me w tickets to see Bret in Houston, TX on Oct 5th. We live in South Georgia so we are flying in for the show. I miss his kick off for Pinktober in Orlando and I’m so excited to see him.

He is such an inspiration to me. Always helping others and can’t wait to see him.

Sincerely,
Cathy Holt

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Trina’s Dream Comes True

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Trina’s Dream Comes True

Dear Bret,

My friend and I went to Nutty Jerry’s in Winnie, TX on June 22, 2013 to see your show. It’s about 2 hours from where we live and the show was great! My friend made it possible for me to meet you because she knew you were on my bucket list.  I have lung cancer and had my left lung was removed this past February 2013 and have been doing chemotherapy. You were so kind and we talked about you support of both adult and childhood cancer. You signed my scar which is awesome! I can’t wait to see another show and meeting you again!

You rock Bret! Cancer sucks!

Trina

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Mom Rocks Her Chemo

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Mom Rocks Her Chemo

Today was my Mom’s 4th chemo treatment in her battle against breast cancer, she has 12 more treatments and 6 weeks of radiation left to go. Today as she finished her last “hard” chemo she said I wish this was a reality show and Bret michaels would show up to “Rock My Chemo”. Thought it was cute and funny and just had to share.

Sincerely,
Missy

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Kelly celebrates her own and everyone’s birthday!

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Kelly celebrates her own and everyone’s birthday!

Two shoulder surgeries, a hysterectomy, and multiple other surgeries. Ever since I could remember I couldn’t wait to have a “Fabulous Forty” birthday party. I worked very hard to get there and now I was feeling more like a pity party. I knew I had to quickly change my attitude and be positive. I had three kids that needed me. Shortly after my diagnosis I had come across a sticky note on the Milwaukee Journal talking about a walk/run For Making Strides Against Breast Cancer that was taking place in a week. I only had one week to get a team together. That’s when Kels Angels was formed. Each year my team grows and so do the donations. This year I decided to have a benefit to raise money for my team and Making Strides. But not just any benefit, it was going to be a 9 Pin Tap Bowling Birthday Bash. People would ask me who’s birthday are we celebrating? My reply to that is, we are celebrating everyone’s birthday who is fortunate enough to be able to have another year to celebrate. So when I walk each year with Making Strides I feel like I am having the biggest best birthday party ever and I am grateful to be surrounded by the most courageous, strong women in the world.

That is better than any fortieth party could’ve ever been. I am now a survivor! This year I, along with my team, raised over $8200.00. I am the number one individual and team fundraiser in the Midwest!!!! I am feeling so blessed to be able to give back to such a worthy cause. I have never felt so awesome in my life. I want to keep going and do so much more.

Kelly Krohn

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