On July 6, 2013, My friend who is a huge Bret Michaels fan found out the he was having a concert at a festival in Arlington Heights, Illinois and insisted that we go. So we got a babysitter for our children and off to the concert. My daughter Alyssa was upset that she was not going since she is also a big fan of Bret Michaels. She watched him on celebrity apprentice. She was amazed on his commitment to raising money for diabetes, since she has been a diabetic since 16 months of age (who now is 11 years old). My friend kept telling me that we will meet Bret tonight. I was ok, whatever, but she was determined. At the end of the concert, Bret auctioned off items to raise money to send children with diabetes to camp. We watched three items get auctioned off for a lot of money, and as a mother, I was very taken back again how much money Bret has raised for diabetes.
After the auction, we went near the back stage in hopes of meeting Bret Michaels. We ran into the guy that bought the hat of Bret for a large amount of money. So my friend went up the guy and thanked him for buying the hat. She told him that it was going to a great cause and told him about my daughter Alyssa and her situation about being a diabetic and how she loves to go to camp. Then I introduced myself and also thanked him, because I to as a parent of a diabetic appreciate the chance to get a break for one week and knowing that my daughter is safe is priceless. My friend asked the guy if he would take me to meet Bret (if bought an auction item you got to meet and greet) to thanks him for all that he has done and the guy did not hesitate. During our wait to meet Bret, the guy said that that was going to introduce me and that I had a story to tell and the guy did just that. So I introduced myself to Bret and told him about my daughter Alyssa and thanked him for what he has done and does for diabetes, and Bret then offered to pay for my daughter diabetes camp for this year and next year. I was in shock and could not believe his generosity. Not only did I get to meet Bret, but also received an amazing gift as well. Diabetes camp is extremely expensive and almost impossible to send my daughter to, so with this gift, it truly makes a difference in my daughter’s life, but mine as well. Not to mention the positive impact it has on Alyssa. I’m also very grateful to my wonderful friend that made this happen.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts
Kelly and Alyssa
TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org – Music Helps To Heal / Lorie’s Story
Last year I was in a bad motorcycle accident, shattered 3 vertebrae and my right leg. I was in a wheelchair for 4 months, had to learn to walk again and I’m still trying to heal. Pretty depressing year, but when you came to Dubuque, IA my best friend’s husband surprised us with passes to meet you because he knew I was a big fan, that was the best gift ever! 🙂
Can’t wait to see you again next year!
TeamBretMichals.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Addison Gets Ready For Diabetes Camp!
I have been a huge Bret Michaels fan since I went to my first Poison concert. I followed every album and enjoyed many concerts over the years. I never
expected to meet Bret, nor did I ever expect we would be connected in another
way -Type 1 Diabetes. My daughter, Addison, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on February 26, 2010, at the age of 5. As a parent, it is heartbreaking and overwhelming when your child is diagnosed with this disease.
It is a day in, day out job. When Addison was in the hospital, one of the doctors asked me “Who do you know with Type 1 Diabetes?” My answer – “Bret Michaels”. The doctor went on to tell me that even though Bret led a hectic lifestyle, he thought he was actually a pretty good example!
In August of that same year, 2010, Bret played a show in our hometown. I was in a bad place at that time, trying to learn to deal with Type 1 Diabetes. I went to the show and did a meet and greet after. Bret talked to me about diabetes camp and what a good experience it was for him. That night he encouraged me to find a good camp for Addison and even offered to pay for it! WOW – you meet your favorite rockstar AND he offers to help your child. Unbelievable.
Bret also inspired me to form a walk team for JDRF. The name of her team is Addison
Rocks. We do our best every year to raise money for JDRF or The American Diabetes
Association. Addison is anxious for a cure, but deals with Type 1 with such grace. She is my hero.
Addison was only 6 when I met Bret, so now that she is 8 we have found a Diabetes
Camp for her to attend. We will be leaving to take her to Camp Granada on Sunday.
She is beyond excited. We live in a fairly small town, so she has met very few
other kids that have Type 1 Diabetes. I am so grateful for this chance for her.
THANK YOU BRET and Life Rocks Foundation!
Dawn and Addison
Addison is ready for diabetes camp!
Addison rocks diabetes!
Addison’s mom Dawn meeting Bret
TeamBretMichaels.com / Life Rocks Foundation Story: Mark & Eric, Brothers United By Rock
Any time my brother Eric Doyle and I have a chance to catch Bret Michaels in town we go. Bret always puts on a great show and we don’t mind driving a hand full of hours to see him. This time we drove from northern Kentucky to Indianapolis because Bret and his band were playing a show at the Indy 500 speedway where there was over 100,000 people . After Bret’s band performed another amazing set we got to meet him after the show. Bret is one of the coolest nicest and most down to earth rockers that you could ever want to meet . We can’t wait to see him again soon.
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These pictures below were take at the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa. This was a very special concert because I had just started chemo for breast cancer a month earlier. My family and friends decided to go to the concert dressed like Bret so I wouldn’t feel out of place with no hair. We had shirts made that said ‘Bret’s Girls’ and on the back they said ‘Fight Like A Girl’.
October is breast cancer awareness month and I think these pictures are a great way to bring awareness. I have finished a year of treatment which included surgery, chemo, and radiation for herceptin plus a 13 hr. reconstructive surgery. I am very proud to say at my check up last week the results of my PET scan shows I am cancer free!
In March of 2010 I attended my first Bret Michaels concert in Green Bay Wisconsin. While I grew up in the ‘80s I had only recently become a huge fan of rock music and had especially become a follower of Bret Michaels, not only because of his music but his work on being an advocate for diabetics. It was an amazing show and my husband surprised me with a VIP pass for after the show! I couldn’t believe that I was actually going to meet Bret and I was extremely nervous about what to say to him. While waiting for my turn we visited with Bret’s band members who were so friendly and continued to work hard after the show to make the VIP experience run smoothly! When I finally had my chance to meet Bret I couldn’t believe how genuine and kind he was! I told him how excited we were about his work on Celebrity Apprentice and thanked him for all of the money he was raising for Diabetes Charities. I explained to him how our 13 year old, daughter, Makena, was a type 1 diabetic and that we were so grateful for people like him that proved that anything is possible in spite of diabetes! He immediately asked me if she had ever attended diabetes camp and I said that yes she had. He explained that he would like to pay for her to go to camp! I thought that would be awesome but I didn’t really think it would happen.
Well….2 weeks after that Bret had his health scare. We watched every newscast hoping and praying for the best for him. We had already purchased tickets to see him perform again in August at the Wisconsin State Fair. I was amazed that he not only recovered but was already performing again a couple of months later! My husband again spoiled me with VIP passes and I had brought my picture from the first concert to have Bret sign. I was shocked when he actually remembered me and asked if his company had sent my daughter to camp yet! I said no and he immediately called over his assistant who took my information and contacted me the very next day via email!
And here is where the story gets even better! I happen to be a teacher in a school district that has been hit very hard by the bad economy. There are several diabetic kids both there and in my daughter’s school that have never had the opportunity to go to diabetes camp. So I got up the nerve to ask if Bret would consider sending some of these kids to camp. They asked how many kids I was talking about and I said 10! And he said YES!!!!! So….at the end of July…. 10 kids will be attending a fantastic diabetes camp and they are so excited!!! Things like this just don’t happen in our small town!!
These kids are looking forward to an opportunity that wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the generosity of Bret Michaels! Even as I write this I can’t believe that it is actually happening! Thank you to Bret and everyone that works with him! You are truly part of an amazing event and are making a difference in these kid’s lives!
I met Bret Michaels by chance at the half marathon in Philadelphia on September 18, 2011. I knew about Bret Michaels, because of his music and because we shared something in common, we both had a Cerebral Hemorrhage. I was very excited to meet with him! I looked up to Bret for the courage it took to pick right back up from where he left off and continue his work after his hemorrhage. After our meeting, I started to learn more and more about how Bret is making so much of a difference in the lives he is able to touch with his fame. Here is a man that has been dealt many challenges in his life and yet he chooses to take those challenges and affect the world in such a positive way! One of the things I didn’t know was that we also shared something else in common and that is Diabetes, in 2004 I learned that I have type 2 Diabetes and I have been fighting it ever since.