We would like to thank you so much for sending Hunter to Camp Planet D. He had a blast and we are so grateful that he had the opportunity to experience such an amazing camp with people who live with the same disease he battles daily. He had a blast entertaining the camp with his back flips! He is ready to go back next year and is planning on becoming a counselor when he is too old to go.
Thanks so much.
Tanya (Hunter’s mom)
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Zech rocking his new diabetes pump.
Check out this awesome poster from Marley, a child Bret and the Life Rocks Foundation sent to diabetes summer camp. The poster describes all the fun things she did at camp!
Great job Marley!
Just wanted to send you a huge thank you , for once again sponsoring my son Kenden to go to diabetes camp. Kenden was DX with T1 diabetes in 2009 at the age of eight. Kenden will be going to camp UTADA here in Utah . He can’t wait to go…last year he had a blast! Thank you for having such an amazing giving soul, and letting Kenden go be with other children that also have diabetes. We will be sure to send in some pictures when he is attending camp
Michelle & Kenden
Addison listening to “Jammin With Friends” on the way to 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
The middle of my 8th grade school year I went to the doctor’s office for a checkup or so I thought. They ran a few tests and the doctor left and came back with the tests results, she told my parents and I to go home and pack my bags, there was a room waiting on me at the hospital and to go straight there. When I got to the hospital the nurse showed me where my room was, they ran more tests there and the doctors told me I had type 1 diabetes. They explained to me what it was and they said sadly there is no cure for it. I now take 3 shots a day of insulin to keep me alive, I denied I had diabetes at first and it took me a while to get use to it. I realize you can die from it, so there I was going from a normal teenage girl to a sick girl with a disease that can’t be cured. I spent 4 days in the hospital with doctors explaining to me what to do and what not to do, what to eat and what not to eat, waking me up at all hours of the night. Boy did I not like that, I needed my sleep, I was so mad but I forgive them now. I also have to check my blood sugar 4 times a day sometimes more. The day the doctors told me I could go home I was so happy but I was not going home to what I was use to. I have a new normal now and it will be normal until a cure for diabetes is found. Before I went home the child life specialist gave me a Rufus the diabetic bear it is so cute. The day I got out of the hospital I went to school and my dad said you just got out of the hospital are you sure you want to go to school? I told him I sure do, I miss my friends and I have a lot of work to catch up on. Truth is I also did not want to fail, he said ok my friends started acting different around me but they got use to it. I have passed out several times from a low blood sugar, the scariest thing my dad said I became unresponsive and when I wake up I can not remember anything. That’s too scary I am afraid to go to sleep at night, what if I do not wake up it always pops into my head. When I entered high school all my new friends were like why do you have to leave class early everyday before lunch to go to the nurse and eat lunch early? So I told them living with diabetes is not easy no where close to easy but I have to live with it, there will be a cure found one day. I have hope and I will never stop fighting and never give up hope. On a good note I graduated from airport high school on June 1, 2011. Just recently on June 5, 2012 I received some bad news I got a nerve test on my feet at the foot doctor and they diagnosed me with diabetic neuropathy, one foot is mild the other is severe as you can see I live a complicated life. It was a couple days before my 13th birthday, just recently on August 12, 2012 my health insurance cut me off but I am not gonna let that bring me down I will fight even harder now! I have to find new ways to get my supplies since I can not afford a lot. Here is one thing diabetes can never take away from me my passion for music and acting. I love them both and will stay strong!
My son Justin is 12 years old. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes
when he was 8. He wears an insulin pump and works really hard to be responsible
about his health. Being in middle school with type 1 diabetes is a challenge. Last
year Justin created a game called Fantasy Diabetes to help his friends understand
type 1 and to make it fun for himself to test his blood sugar. His friends guess
his blood sugar before he tests. Then they get points based on accuracy! Now his
friends understand highs, lows and what it takes to stay healthy. Justin was very
inspired by Bret when he was on the Apprentice and saw how open Bret was talking
about T1! Now Justin is going to Washington as a member of JDRF children’s congress
to advocate for funding for research. Justin thought Bret might want to learn
about his game and share it with other kids with T1. His website is FantasyDiabetes.com.
My 9 year old son, Jesse, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on Wednesday. He has always been a very healthy boy so this has really caught him, and us, a bit by surprise. My husband was diagnosed with Type 1 when he was 11 years old, but having a child of my own with it is not the same. The entire medical team at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, from the ER check in clerk to the Endocrinologist Team we were assigned were wonderful! They took us through a huge amount of educational and nutritional training and got Jesse out of the hospital and sleeping at home within 36 hours from the time we walked into the ER. We are so information rich right now we’re dizzy.
Thank you for all you do to bring awareness to the world about this non-discriminating disease. It is great to have someone like you who is not afraid to share your experiences in order to help others.
Sam’s friend Cat Greenleaf invited Sam to come meet Bret recently when he was a
guest on her show, Talk Stoop. Sam has had type 1 diabetes since he was 21 months
old, he’s now a healthy, active, creative eight-year-old who’s learning to play
electric guitar. Bret and Sam talked about a number of things – school, music, and,
of course, living with diabetes. Sam showed Bret his continuous glucose monitor and
insulin pump. Bret and Sam, like all who live with type 1 diabetes every minute of
every day, know the challenges brought by this disease, and for Sam to meet adults
like Bret only further teaches him that diabetes is not an obstacle to achieving
success and fulfilling dreams. Bret also offered to send Sam to diabetes camp this summer!
Jon and Rachel Dickinson