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Bret Michaels Contributes To Operation Welcome Home Benefiting Military Heroes

Bret Michaels Contributes To Operation Welcome Home Benefiting Military Heroes

As the son of a veteran, Bret Michaels continues his longstanding commitment in support of our nation’s brave service men/women and first responders. Each night during shows on his record breaking “Party Starts Now” tour Michaels honors local heroes by bringing them onstage to pay tribute. In addition through his Life Rocks Foundation, each night Bret also makes monetary contributions to local charities across the country. While performing to a record crowd in Morgantown, West Virginia, Michaels met Tim Wolfe from “Operation Welcome Home”. Tim’s organization helps place veterans with jobs and assists with other needs as they return home. On this night, Bret donated a portion of proceeds from a live auction of his custom cowboy hat and stage worn shirt taking place from the stage and at the merchandise booth.

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Musician Suffers Serious Accident, Looks To Bret Michaels For Inspiration. 

Musician Suffers Serious Accident, Looks To Bret Michaels For Inspiration. 

My name is Michael Rose. I have a story of overcoming obstacles by being driven by the passion of music. In 1997 I had packed up everything I owned and moved from Huntsville, AL to Birmingham, AL to start my pursuit of my musical dreams. I was 23 and had began telling myself “if you don’t do it now, you will wonder what if all your life” so off I went. When I first moved I was working as a house painter and lined up work before I moved, but the paint work ended quickly and I was forced to take a job in a steel mill factory, a field of work I was not accustomed to. Fast forward 6 weeks and I am working on a metal sheer. It isn’t safe and next thing you know both of my hands are chopped off at the same time. I lost over half the blood in my body (had to have 5 pints of blood transfused), died for just about a minute. Eventually I woke up and have been fighting for my life ever since. So there I laid in this hospital bed, just lost my hands, I’m a guitar player and I just started living my dream that I had been longing for since I was 12 years old. In the blink of an eye it was all gone. The very first question I asked my surgeon was “Will I play guitar again?” he said “No”. It took me over a year, but I played again and have been playing ever since. I am a singer/guitar player/songwriter and am the brainchild behind my band Hook74 that I front write all the music for, record all of our music, film and edit all of our videos…all by myself without hands. I’m a husband, a father, musician AND a Rockstar! I never said “I can’t”, I never said “I quit” I never even asked “Why?” I just faced what was in front of me the best way I knew how. When I was 15 I used to carry a pic of Bret Michaels in my coat pocket as a reminder of what I wanted to be when I grew up, I think I’ve done a pretty good job of living up to it, the best I could! 

Thank you Bret!

Michael

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: A Grandmother’s Inspiration Driven By Grandson & Bret’s Music

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: A Grandmother’s Inspiration Driven By Grandson & Bret’s Music

I would like to acknowledge my grandson Braelyn. He is 4 years old and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, HIE, and developmental delay; he is blind in his right eye. Bray should have been a normal, healthy child. Because my daughter’s doctor cared more for the dollar instead of a human life; Bray has to suffer everyday. He was born in Owensboro, KY and life flighted to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, KY. NICU doctors at Kosair Children’s Hospital advised us that he may never breathe on his own but, he is. His doctors have told us that he will never walk or talk. Bray comprehends even though some doctors say that he doesn’t. Bray and I sit at the kitchen table and sing all of the time. He sings in his own little way. You can see the passion in his expressions. We come from a family that has a lot of talent. The Everly Bros. are our cousins, my uncle sings for the New York Metropolitan Opera, and my cousin was the bass player for Brian Setzer. It is no surprise that Bray loves music as well. Your music is our favorite. Mine and Bray’s favorite is “Something To Believe In”. He gives me hope and I believe in him. There are not many resources for Bray here in Owensboro, KY. He gets so excited whenever he hears music. Music is the best therapy. – Cherish

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: A Mother Channels Loss To Help Others

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: A Mother Channels Loss To Help Others

I wanted to share the story of losing my son to underage drinking when he was 16. After finding him in a field passed away I knew then that I would share this story and help in anyway I could to share the dangers of underage drinking. I now work with a local group parents empowered and share Braxton’s story in hopes that someone will be saved from our families tragic event. 

I will forever share this and help anyone I can. If we all shared ourselves this world would be a amazing place. Bret you are an inspiration and I thank you for all you do.

Bobbi

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Martha’s Angels Thank Bret For Breast Cancer/Pinktober Support

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Martha’s Angels Thank Bret For Breast Cancer/Pinktober Support

Bret, 

You did for us what no one has done in 4 l/2 years of pounding the pavement. What an awesome time we had at Velvet Sessions Pinktober. Thanks to you and the Loews Hotel, we received a check for $10,509.03 and they are not done yet in the fight against breast cancer!

You don’t know how many people we will be able to help beacause of this. 

Love always to you and the B*M*B,

Hill and Mom

 

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Tammy’s Tattoo In Honor Of Bret’s Military Support

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Tammy’s Tattoo In Honor Of Bret’s Military Support

After spending 20 years in the Army, this was a retirement tattoo that I’ve always wanted to get. A portrait of my favorite person and inspiration who has always supported troops and their families. This one is for you Bret! I will see you April 26th in WV. You can see it in person!

With much Love,

Tammy

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Thank you for your continued support!

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Friends Bridging The Diabetes Gap

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Friends Bridging The Diabetes Gap

I met my best friend when I was in first grade, I was too young to understand about diabetes then. As the years went by and we grew older I would spend almost every weekend at her house. At 13 Tracey and I shared a paper route, I watched my young little friend take two shots a day and pills every 6 hours, I watched her have reaction after reaction, in and out of the hospital. I remember sitting on her tummy trying to hold a tongue depressed so she wouldn’t swollow her tongue. I lived in NJ and my family moved us to Oklahoma when I was 17, I studied diabetes. I did my term paper and oral on this because it was so important for me. I will never give up on a cure, my friends older brother Gene had diabetes and died from it about 8 years ago, my sons football teammates dad had his leg amputated just last month. Awareness, now I am 47 and so is Tracey, I haven’t seen her in 20 years, but she is still a big part of my heart.

God bless you Bret,

Love Deanna

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Mark’s Military Appreciation

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Mark’s Military Appreciation

Dear Bret,

I would truly like to thank you for all you do for our military. I am an ARMY brat and love that fact. My father served 3 tours in Vietnam, my Grandfather (Sidney Lawrence Bradford) past away in 2010 after 30 years of service, three time war vet in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. That was my true to heart hero. One of the few last greats, he was in so many battles I have no idea how my grandmother dealt with that. From the bottom of my heart, Thank You for what you do!

Mark

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Liz’s Story: “Thank you for the inspiration”

Liz’s Story: “Thank you for the inspiration”

lizI went to your concert at Plant City 3/9/13…you rocked! I am JD x 26 years so although I can’t relate to your exact personal struggle, I know we have some common struggles and appreciate every day life has to offer. Thank you for the inspiration and I try to live every day to its fullest, but as you know, every day is a challenge. I want to personally thank you (and wish I could at the concert) for your dedication to JDF. We saw you in Biloxi your first concert back and will not miss a concert close to me in Tampa, FL. Thank you and keep up the drive! You give me hope every day!

Antonio is “Choosing to be Part of the Solution”

Antonio is “Choosing to be Part of the Solution”

Antonio’s story from June of 2012 ~

My Diabetes Story

Antonio

In November, I was diagnosed with full blown Type 2 diabetes. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it means my body does not know how to use the sugar that it body needs to run properly. I guess I should have known to be careful with my health. My dad has diabetes. That doesn’t mean I was guaranteed to get it, but my chances were better than average.

Anyhow, my doctor told me my diabetes was full blown, meaning I depend on regular insulin shots, take meds twice a day, watch my diet carefully, and exercise daily. Now these are all things I should have been doing regularly, but just didn’t. Why not, you ask? That is an excellent question. I guess I felt like there would always be time in the future.That future is now.

Having diabetes isn’t a curse. It does mean I have to be careful with myself. I have to limit the amount of sugar I eat. I need to exercise daily for 30 minutes. I have to check my blood sugars at least twice a day. I have to take insulin, the stuff your body uses to make sugar do its job, once a day. But I am healthier for it. I am losing weight. I have gone from being morbidly obese (more than 100 pounds over my ideal weight) to overweight. But that is getting better. My blood sugars are stabilized. My health is returning. As I continue to improve my health, I may eventually be able to stop taking meds and insulin. Will I be cured? No. There is no cure for diabetes – yet.

So what can happen if I ignore my diabetes? I could develop glaucoma and lose my eyesight. I could have heart problems brought on by diabetes. I could develop infections that might end in loss of life or limb. I could not live to see my children grow old. None of those options sound appealing to me.

Many people live with diabetes (up to three years before it symptoms show up in some cases). Many more people each day are diagnosed. But not much is being done in the public sector to raise the alarm. It is becoming a silent epidemic. In fact, according to American Diabetes Associated, more people die of diabetes and related complications than die of breast cancer and AIDS combined. To that end, I choose not to stay silent. I am choosing to be part of the solution.