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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

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 clicking HERE. To the many who have donated, we thank you all very much!

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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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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: Treyden’s Cabin Grand Opening At The Marshfield Clinic Wisconsin

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Treyden’s Cabin Grand Opening At The Marshfield Clinic Wisconsin

We’d like to share an update to a story that has been a work in progress. Our friends Cassie and Travis have let us know that Treyden’s Cabin had it’s grand opening this past week! The cabin which is open at the Marshfield Clinic is the hard work of a lot of people including Treyden’s parents Cassie and Travis in memory of their son, as well as a personal donation from Bret through his Life Rocks Foundation.

To learn more about Treyden, Treyden’s Cabin at the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin and see great photos of the cabin, please click the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/SavingTreyden

Thank you!

– Team Bret

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At last night’s Bret Michaels show in Wausau, WI, Team Saving Treyden was out in full force and left an inspiring, memorable presence. Upon learning of Treyden’s condition, The Life Rocks Foundation made it’s mission to help the Kurtzweil family during this difficult time. Treyden’s family and friends showed support by wearing orange shirts during the course of the night ending with Bret bringing Treyden’s parents Cassie and Travis onstage to honor Treyden’s memory.

On behalf of Bret and everyone at MEGI, Treyden will forever be with us. Treyden, Cassie, Travis and the Kurtzweil family will forever be apart of us.

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Treyden’s parents, Cassie and Travis Kurtzweil

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Treyden’s parents, Cassie and Travis Kurtzweil joining Bret onstage.

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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 clicking HERE. To the many who have donated, we thank you all very much!

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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.

 

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 clicking HERE. To the many who have donated, we thank you all very much!

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Mother & Son Team To Battle Diabetes

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Mother & Son Team To Battle Diabetes

I know it seems like a LONG story but I need you to know what a difference watching you take the stage despite diabetes has made for my son. Hoping to catch you this summer as you come our way.

After a whirlwind diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes for my then 5 year old son, I headed back across Lake Champlain knowing our lives had just changed forever. Wondering how on Earth I was going to manage this crazy disease. Being a single mom, how was I going to work, give him the care he needed and provide the guidance for my just turning into a teen daughter (which I am convinced should also be considered a disease)?

All these questions running through my head and I hadn’t even walked through my front door yet. Being a nurse, I was well aware of all the complications people with diabetes can face. I knew how scary it could be to see a patient be admitted due to poor outcomes. All this was weighing heavily on my mind as I thought about his future. He was only 5, this was crazy. Little did I know in 9 short years he would be leading the way down the new challenge?

After the first insulin shot at home, which was an epic success despite the need to sit on the floor with my son in a “therapeutic hold” while my daughter laid across our dog who wanted to eat me because he was sure I was hurting his boy and my son screaming at the top of his lungs not to do it, life took on a new normal. A normal that worked for us, a normal that would bring us to a better future. Yes, he was diagnosed but we would all fight it together, as a family. The same way we had faced every other challenge so far. I knew if I wanted him to be successful with this, it would be fought head on, by everyone around him. And we have. Family walk teams, educational events in the community, lobbying congress, talking with student nurses about life with type one and starting random conversations with people at airports when test strips fall out of their pockets.

Already an athlete when he was diagnosed, he was determined to try so many other sports. New sports now meant learning how the activities would affect his body, his insulin, his performance. As a mom, my first concern was how to manage his diabetes, for him, it has always been how to win. He left soccer and hockey behind and began his pursuit of basketball and baseball. Spending his down time on the ice or climbing mountains. I have watched him pitch in Cooperstown and take his skill on the court to the state level in Syracuse for a free throw competition. Nothing slows him down. He has come off the mound after shutting down the other batters, excited about his pitching and shouting “and I’m pretty sure I am low, I can’t see the batters.” Knowing I would quickly help him get back to a stable level to play for the next inning. Diabetes was no match for him.

In my efforts to build a confident man, I think I have created a monster. We have checked blood sugars high in the trees on a ropes course, on top of the high peaks in New York, skid boarding on the beach in Maine and standing in the crowd of concerts in Saratoga. He knows there is nothing he cannot do with diabetes. He knows he can go wherever he wants in life, despite diabetes. He has seen Bret take the stage on TV, Kris take the cross country course at the Olympics and many others succeed despite this crazy diagnosis. So he knows life is limitless.

Because of this, he has selected his next challenge, a 100 mile bike ride. ALL IN ONE DAY. This time, I am along for the ride, like it or not. Once again, we will attach a challenge as a family. Last summer he decided he wanted to complete this ride. 100 miles, on bicycle, in Vermont, all in one day. Since it is a fundraiser for JDRF, how can I say no? Already involved with the great organization, I know the benefits of the research that is done with the money we will raise. I have no doubt he will attack this ride like he has every other challenge before him.
Me, the nurse, the baseball watcher, the bleacher warmer? Not so sure I am ready for the challenge. Did I mention I am lazy? That I do not exercise? That we each have to raise $2000 to ride? That I am old? No? Well, let me tell you they are all true. But I have a great inspiration and the one thing that will push me forward, my desire to find a cure. So we will be fundraising our foolish heads off, we will be asking friends and family to sponsor us, holding dart tournaments, raffles and bottle drives. We will do this.

He has inspired me to do more than I thought I could do. To reach for bigger things. To change my life. I will be there, riding with my son, who at 14 has repeatedly shown diabetes he will conquer it. I will ride with him, to because of him, because he NEVER gets to stop battling diabetes.

Thanks for continuing to inspire more kids to never stop.

– Jill

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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.

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Thank you for your continued support!

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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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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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