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Jen Gage, GiGi’s Playhouse Phoenix Founder Calls Bret Michaels A Class Act & Generous

Jen Gage, GiGi’s Playhouse Phoenix Founder Calls Bret Michaels A Class Act & Generous

“Bret is truly a class act! Generous, Accepting and KIND. Letting the kids join him onstage for the entire set and taking the time to meet and talk with each one of them was above and beyond anyone’s expectations. Bret is truly compassionate about helping others. I so appreciate how involved he was with our participants and families.  They were grinning from ear to ear and still are. Truly magical and the whole room felt it! He embodies GiGi’s mission to change outdated perceptions of Down syndrome, break down barriers to participation and foster inclusion for all. GiGi’s Phoenix is so grateful to Bret for his huge heart and loving spirit and amazing energy. In just 15 minutes Bret created memories that changed the attending children’s lives and created memories that will last forever for everyone who attended.”

Jen Gage, GiGi’s Playhouse Phoenix Founder

Bret Michaels Make Special Visit To Families In Salt Lake City!

Bret Michaels Make Special Visit To Families In Salt Lake City!

Watch this video from KUTV 2News.
Last Friday before his sold out show in Wendover, Bret’s jet touched down
in Salt Lake City for a special visit with a pair of great families
bringing along surprises for them. – Team Bret

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What an incredible day. Malaki,
Emma & their families rocked. I say again, it takes a village. Thanks
to Atlantic FBO, pilots, ground crew, Jackie McKay @ Z104 Utah’s #1
Country Radio & Mark Koelbel @ KUTV 2News. – Bret
Michaels

Click
here to read the complete story and see more photos from KUTV
2News!

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

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Nicholas Thanks Bret For Sending Him To Diabetes Summer Camp!

Nicholas Thanks Bret For Sending Him To Diabetes Summer Camp!

Bret,

Nicholas had an amazing time at Camp Too Sweet! Here is a photo to say thank you for sending him!

Martha

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: Bret Michaels Teams With A.J. Hawk To Help Sofia & Vincent

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Bret Michaels Teams With A.J. Hawk To Help Sofia & Vincent

Update 6/8/17: We are happy to report Sofia’s cancer is in remission and she is doing great!

Update: We received these photos as a follow up to the story we did below just before the holidays where Bret Michaels’ Life Rocks Foundation and good friend A.J. Hawk’s Locks For Kids teamed up to help two awesome kids. 
Just today one of the children, Sofia (aka Moo) received her wig. So happy for Moo and a huge thank you to Hawk’s Locks, our friends at Gemini Salon and Spa in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Kelly Ferro for the cut and style, and Leslie Thomas Zevnik at Wigs For Kids.

For more info and how you can donate to Bret and A.J’s respective foundations to continue helping other children visit the following links below. – Team Bret 

Bret’s Life Rocks Foundation @ https://www.crowdrise.com/fundraise-and-volunteer/donations/bretmichaelsliferocks/bretmichaels

A.J.’s Hawk’s Locks For Kids @ http://www.hawkslocksforkids.org

  
In the spirit of the holiday season, we’d like to share with you the following stories of hope, compassion in helping others and the off chance that two people can positively affect each other without even knowing it. Meet Sofia and Vincent, two children battling illness and circumstances beyond their control. Oddly enough, these children have never met each other nor have they ever spoken a word to the other, but their stories are linked together by way of two great friends in musician Bret Michaels and NFL linebacker A.J. Hawk through their respective charitable foundations.

Bret MichaelsLife Rocks Foundation recently met a spunky, outgoing 8 year old girl named Sofia who is battling lymphoblastic leukemia and because of intense treatments had lost all of her hair. Sofia’s fight with leukemia hasn’t been an easy one, but she remains strong receiving an outpouring of support from great family, friends, hospital staff and doctors. Even at 8 years old, Sofia has learned the meaning of paying forward certain gifts and toys she has received in an effort to brighten the day of another child going through the same thing she is. Sofia’s only wish, other than to beat leukemia, is to receive a wig.


Being that Bret and A.J. are great friends, Bret and his Life Rocks Foundation reached out to A.J. and his Hawk’s Locks For Kids foundation to see if they could help Sofia’s wish could come true. Without hesitation Hawk’s Locks For Kids went to work making this wish a reality and just recently Sofia had measurements taken for her new wig that she will receive in the coming weeks.

During the initial contact between Bret’s and A.J.’s foundations, Life Rocks met Vincent through Hawk’s Locks For Kids. Vincent is a vibrant, outgoing, awesome 13 year old boy who is living with Type 1 diabetes and autism. Bret, who is a Type 1 childhood diabetic himself, formed his Life Rocks Foundation out of necessity. One of the initiatives of Life Rocks is to cover the cost to send children living with diabetes to summer camp each year. In addition, Bret’s Life Rocks Foundation helps in teaching others how to manage their diabetes while raising awareness. With that being said Bret Michaels’ Life Rocks Foundation is sending Vincent to diabetes summer camp in 2016.

Huge thank you to A.J. Hawk’sHawk’s Locks For Kids” and Wigs For Kids on bringing their foundations together with Bret’s Life Rocks Foundation to get it done for these children.

We encourage you, if you have the means, to please consider making a donation to each of their great charities to continue helping great children like Sofia and Vincent. – Team Bret

Click here for more info and how you can donate to Bret Michaels’ “Life Rocks Foundation”.

Click here for more info and how you can donate to A.J. Hawk’s “Hawk’s Locks For Kids”.

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

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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

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

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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

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 – 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


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

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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

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

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Parents Look To Bret For Inspiration

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Parents Look To Bret For Inspiration

Bret,

It was great to meet you at Rams Head in Annapolis, Maryland this week. We enjoyed the concert and the time you took with us after to discuss our son Daniel who has type 1.  As requested here is a photo of my ink.

Marty & Carolyn

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

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