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Family Thanks Bret Michaels For Sending Their Son, Kyle To Diabetes Summer Camp.

Family Thanks Bret Michaels For Sending Their Son, Kyle To Diabetes Summer Camp.

My story of meeting Bret Michaels is a bit of an emotional one. I begin to write this with my son’s freshly autographed JDRF bandana next to my right hand, and a Kleenex next to my left hand because the last 24 hours have been unbelievable for our family!

On May 15th, 2015, our son, Kyle, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It was the worst day of my entire life. My husband was working out of town and I was at home (eight months pregnant) with our three children. When our pediatrician came back in with the urinalysis results and told us he was arranging for us to be immediately transported to TC Thompson Children’s Hospital, I thought I was going to lose my son. Thankfully, we received wonderful care in the hospital and my son made a recovery from the horrible shape he was in at the time.

We began researching Type 1 Diabetes and learned that several celebrities live with this disease. One of course being….THE AMAZING BRET MICHAELS!! We kept telling Kyle, “Hey, look at this awesome rock star! He has Type 1 Diabetes like you do and he has done so many awesome things in his life!”

When I found out that Bret was coming to our hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee, I knew I had to at least try to see if I could arrange for Kyle to meet him. I figured it was a long shot at best and nothing would ever come of it. Much to my surprise, I received a response almost instantly that we could absolutely meet Bret! This news came on Kyle’s 9th birthday, so we announced to him at his birthday dinner that he was going to meet Bret Michaels. He didn’t believe us at first, which was okay because I was having a hard time believing it myself.

Last night…IT HAPPENED! Mark took our son up to meet Bret. Even though I was right behind Kyle, I couldn’t hear what Bret was telling him. When my husband and I joined in, Bret told us that he was sending Kyle to diabetes camp!! I guess we must have had a deer in the headlights look about us, because he had to repeat it! I don’t think you can put into words what we were feeling at this moment.

This was not just a meet and greet for our family…. It was truly a life changing moment! Bret’s kind words of encouragement to Kyle, as well as his generosity shows just how wonderful of a man he really is! I know we must have been monopolizing his time, but he never made us feel like he was rushing us out of there. He really took the time to talk with us about Type 1, answer our questions, as well as share some of his own personal struggles/triumphs that he has faced with this disease. More importantly, he made us feel like family. For the first time in three years, we finally felt like we weren’t alone in this fight!

We walked back to our seats, and I sat there for a few minutes before the show started just bawling my eyes out. Bret made my son feel like anything is possible and told him that this disease should not and WILL NOT EVER HOLD HIM BACK! Sure, Kyle hears that all the time from us, but when it comes from the ONE AND ONLY BRET MICHAELS…. YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT!

Thank you, Bret, for giving our little guy SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN!!

I have attached the picture from our meet and greet with Bret. Thank you for taking the time to read this! I know it was long and I apologize. My heart is so full today and we owe everything to Bret and his amazing team!! THANK YOU!! – Amy Pruett

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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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TeamBretMichaels.com Giving Tuesday!

TeamBretMichaels.com Giving Tuesday!

In the spirit of doing something for a great cause to make a difference, join Bret Michaels in the fight against diabetes by donating or registering at JDRF Heartland Chapter 20th Annual Promise Gala (Council Bluffs/ Omaha, Nebraska) on Saturday February 25, 2017! As a lifelong Type 1 juvenile diabetic Bret has been named the honorary chair for this amazing event. Please click the link below if you have the means to donate, get involved or even share this post.

Thank you so much for your continued support!
To find out more event information and to donate, please visit:

http://jdrf-omaha.ejoinme.org/60189 – Team Bret

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TeamBretMichaels.com Feature: Anja’s Story Inspires Mattel/American Girl Dolls Diabetes Accessories

TeamBretMichaels.com Feature: Anja’s Story Inspires Mattel/American Girl Dolls Diabetes Accessories

Dear Bret,

Last year you featured my daughter Anja and her petition to get Mattel/American Girl to make diabetes accessories for their dolls.

Click here to read TeamBretMichaels.com’s first story on Anja

I wanted to update you on our progress and let you know that her petition was a success! Starting January 1st girls all over the world will be able to buy diabetic accessories for their dolls and stuffed animals. The diabetes care kit includes an insulin pump, meter, insulin pump, lancing device, glucose tablets, medical alert bracelet, ID card, insulin pump skin stickers,and carrying case. Mattel/American Girl gets bombarded with tons of requests every year asking them to make certain kinds of dolls and accessories. We are so excited that Mattel chose to make this product. This will make so many kids who struggle with this chronic disease and help them to not feel alone. The company began selling these kits in select stores this week and the response has been amazing!

Not only are type 1 diabetics buying these kits, but kids with a loved one suffering from diabetes and even boys who are using these kits on their stuffed animals. People are also donating these kits to diabetes clinics and hospitals to use as a teaching tool. We just wanted to thank everyone out there that shared our story, signed our petition, and wrote encouraging messages of support. So many people all over the world have already expressed interested in the buying diabetes care kits. Thank you Mattel/American Girl!

Sincerely,
Ingrid

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Type 1 Diabetic Daughter Is Her Mom’s Hero

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Type 1 Diabetic Daughter Is Her Mom’s Hero

This is a story I know Bret can relate to! My daughter Genavie is 13 years old and is a type 1 diabetic for 5 years now and we all know the struggles of diabetes at such a young age even at older ages. But nothing stops Genavie she feels she was blessed by God with this disease to see how strong she can be in life. If you ask her if she wants a new pancreas she will flat out tell you NO. She never showed an ounce of fear since the day she was diagnosed. My daughter has become my hero she has showed me that she is stronger then me and most adults taking in diabetes like its a blessing. Genavie attends Camp Victory every year. I know Bret is aware of that camp :-). Last year she was made camper of the year because she is so caring she went around helping the other kids. One of the things Genavie does to deal with the stresses of her diabetes is sing, her dream is to one day become famous so she can be a hero for other diabetics her age and let them know just because they are diabetic that does not mean they can’t concur their dreams. Another thing she plans if ever famous is to donate and do a lot of charity for diabetes she has always had a big heart she chose to raise money in school one year and donated it to JDRF. She makes me proud everyday. Genavie has an amazing singing voice.

  

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Hannah Returns From Diabetes Summer Camp

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Hannah Returns From Diabetes Summer Camp

Bret Michaels and The Life Rocks Foundation sponsored Hannah this year to attend diabetes summer camp. She had an absolute awesome time. She got to meet Nascar driver Ryan Reed there and many new friends as well as got to see her friends from years past. As you can see she did the rock wall, giant swing, high rope course and archery. We can not thank Bret and the foundation enough for sending Hannah to camp this year.

Best wishes
Eric and Kristina Fletcher

Thank you bret michaesl

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TeamBretMichaels.com – 2 Year Old Savannah Fights New Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis

TeamBretMichaels.com – 2 Year Old Savannah Fights New Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis

2 weeks ago our lives changed forever. My granddaughter Savannah, just 2 years old, became very lethargic. She was drinking & urinating excessively and slept for most of the day. She fell asleep early one night and then woke up violently vomiting. We took her to the ER and a triage nurse smelled the sweetness of her breath & immediately checked her sugar. She was at 478 & diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. We were told that waking up to vomit saved her life. She was severely dehydrated & after being stabilized, was rushed to All Children’s Hospital where she spent the next 5 days. Savannah is home now and her little body is having a hard time adjusting to all the changes. Her sugar runs high at night and her Mom spends most of the night checking her sugar to make sure she is ok. We have been doing our best to try to raise money to purchase a diabetic medical alert dog which can cost between $20000-$50000. This dog can potentially save her life, detecting her sugar highs and lows. Much to my disappointment, people turn away and are not willing to donate. They look at my granddaughter and see her as being sick. My granddaughter is not sick. She has a disease just like someone may have asthma or high blood pressure. 2 weeks ago I knew little about diabetes myself. I am now alot more educated and will continue to learn for the rest of my life. Ignorance is not an excuse. Savannah is a scared and confused little girl right now. She knows something has changed but she doesn’t understand why. We all want her to live as normal a life as possible, and that starts with others not treating her like she has a disability. It breaks my heart.

Cherie Griffiths

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Family Thanks Bret For Sending Hannah To Diabetes Summer Camp

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Family Thanks Bret For Sending Hannah To Diabetes Summer Camp

Our daughter Hannah was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just after her 6th birthday 6-19-08. There have been many ups and downs in the last 5 1/2 yrs. Hannah has been a trooper. She did not like the routine of 5 or more shots per day and wanted to be on the insulin pump. Two weeks before her 7th birthday, she was put on it. She was then later taken off of it (2-13) because of dosing herself causing hypoglycemia. She was having a hard time dealing with some friend issues at school and also a school nurse who just couldn’t “get it” with regards to Hannah’s care. With many classes and new doctors she was put back on the t-slim insulin pump in Sept. 2013.

Hannah loves to attend diabetes camp. She is the only child with diabetes in her school, so camp provides her with a sense of not being alone. She loves going and meeting new friends and not having to explain every low or high. She can just be herself. She loves all of the activities camp has to offer. She has learned in the past two years of camp to put in her own pump sites, give herself shots in her arms, carb count and figure out insulin carb ratios. Camp has made her grow in so many ways. She cries when we pick her up. She doesn’t want to leave her diabetes “family”. She has a few friends that she met at camp that write letters back and forth and is always very excited when she gets a new letter in the mail.

Hannah has not let diabetes slow her down. She has been dancing since age 4. At the age of 6 she joined the competitive team at her studio. She dances 3 days a week, she needs to make sure to have extra carbs with her and make sure she checks her sugar before practices and before going on stage. She has danced at many competitions including the Champs Sports Bowl halftime show in Orlando, FL, and at Universal Studios Orlando. She has gotten on stage and forgot to take her pump off and in the middle of her solo it fell out of her costume. She ran off crying and all upset. Minutes later, she composed herself and got right back out there and did her thing.

Hannah is currently considering joining a clinical trial at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. The trial is testing a new way of administering Glucagon. Instead of a shot, the trial is testing the effects, and side effects of a nasal mist. Hannah is very excited about possibly participating in the study because she says she wants to help other diabetics and be a part of something special. She is a “Rock Star”, she is our “Hero”.

We would like to thank, the Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation for sponsoring Hannah this year for camp.

Once again, Thank you!
Kris, Eric and Hannah

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Hannah Doesn’t Let Diabetes Stop Her

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Hannah Doesn’t Let Diabetes Stop Her

Our daughter Hannah was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just after her 6th birthday 6-19-08. There have been many ups and downs in the last 5 1/2 yrs. Hannah has been a trooper. She did not like the routine of 5 or more shots per day and wanted to be on the insulin pump. Two weeks before her 7th birthday, she was put on it. She was then later taken off of it (2-13) because of dosing herself causing hypoglycemia. She was having a hard time dealing with some friend issues at school and also a school nurse who just couldn’t “get it” with regards to Hannah’s care. With many classes and new doctors she was put back on the t-slim insulin pump in Sept. 2013.

Hannah loves to attend diabetes camp. She is the only child with diabetes in her school, so camp provides her with a sense of not being alone. She loves going and meeting new friends and not having to explain every low or high. She can just be herself. She loves all of the activities camp has to offer. She has learned in the past two years of camp to put in her own pump sites, give herself shots in her arms, carb count and figure out insulin carb ratios. Camp has made her grow in so many ways. She cries when we pick her up. She doesn’t want to leave her diabetes “family”. She has a few friends that she met at camp that write letters back and forth and is always very excited when she gets a new letter in the mail.

Hannah has not let diabetes slow her down. She has been dancing since age 4. At the age of 6 she joined the competitive team at her studio. She dances 3 days a week, she needs to make sure to have extra carbs with her and make sure she checks her sugar before practices and before going on stage. She has danced at many competitions including the Champs Sports Bowl halftime show in Orlando, FL, and at Universal Studios Orlando. She has gotten on stage and forgot to take her pump off and in the middle of her solo it fell out of her costume. She ran off crying and all upset. Minutes later, she composed herself and got right back out there and did her thing.

Hannah is currently considering joining a clinical trial at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. The trial is testing a new way of administering Glucagon. Instead of a shot, the trial is testing the effects, and side effects of a nasal mist. Hannah is very excited about possibly participating in the study because she says she wants to help other diabetics and be a part of something special. She is a “Rock Star”, she is our “Hero”.

We would like to thank, the Bret Michaels Life Rocks Foundation for sponsoring Hannah this year for camp.

Once again, Thank you!
Kris, Eric and Hannah

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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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