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TeamBretMichaels.com Feature

TeamBretMichaels.com Feature

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TeamBretMichaels.com Feature

TeamBretMichaels.com Feature

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 seen donated, we thank you all very much!

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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: Music Heals The Soul

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Music Heals The Soul

My husband is 52 and has become my miracle for the year, he was taken to the hospital on July 26th for a severe asthma attack, he went into 3 cardiac arrests and was in ICU for 22 days during the arrests, a blood clot was thrown into his hands and the doctors were only able to save one hand. My husband is an awesome guitar player and all I want is for him to play again. He has come out of the hospital with diabetes, severe memory loss, trouble walking and just having trouble getting by some days. I am thankful he is still in my life. My only wish is that he would be able to get his bionic hand to play his guitar again. This has put such a strain on our lives, I had to quit my job to stay at home with him, because I could not afford a nurse to come in with him. My husband is indeed a miracle I just wish I could get him what he needs.

Cyndra

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: In our thoughts Rachel Mckibben and her family…

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: In our thoughts Rachel Mckibben and her family…

On behalf of all of us at MEGI, we’d like to take a moment to wish our good friend Rachel Mckibben good luck today as she enters the hospital to receive her long awaited and much hoped for kidney transplant to help save her life. After a life long diabetic fight, we are very happy to see Rachel get this opportunity made possible with the help of a live donor named Ryan. On this day we wish Rachel, Ryan and their families our very best. Rachel’s story is just one of the reasons the Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation does what it does to help others.

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Linda’s Motivation Pays Off

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Linda’s Motivation Pays Off

My name is Linda and I am from a small town in Minnesota. When Bret played in Rochester, MN on April 24th, 2013 I finally had the chance to meet him. I will explain a bit to as why that was so important to me personally. I took a bad way in life and 9 years ago I was able to get things in order and be a great mother to my kids. Nine years ago my motivation was that if I was able to get back on the right track that I deserve to meet Bret and it took me nine years to do so, but it gave me so much closure to that part of my life. The only regret that I have is that I was so nervous that I couldn’t really talk. I wanted to explain how much of an impact he has everyone. It was an experience that i will never forget.

Thanks!

Linda Deo

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