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Bret Michaels Sends a Kid to Diabetes Camp

By Amy Solomon, Everyday Health

792 days ago   Article ID# 1462809
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American Diabetes Association

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA (Everyday Health) - As the long-time voice of glam metal band Poison, Bret Michaels may be best known for his wilder side. But his generosity came shining through recently in response to a request from one young fan.

Eleven-year-old Kennah Hebert, who has been living with type 1 diabetes for three years, wrote to Michaels asking if he could participate in a charity walk for diabetes in her hometown of Roanoke, Virginia. The rocker responded saying he would not only try to attend, but he also offered to pay for Kennah to attend Camp Too Sweet, a summer camp for children and young adults with diabetes. The camp is run by the Roanoke-based Carilion Clinic, a non-profit health care organization.

Michaels is one of the most well-known celebrities with type 1 diabetes. Although he's had a hard-partying past, he's taken both diabetes management and his health more seriously after some scares in 2010 (an emergency appendectomy, a brain hemorrhage, and a stroke).

And this isn't the first time Michaels has supported this cause — he's a well-known advocate for diabetes awareness and research. When he won "Celebrity Apprentice" (in which participants play for a pet charity) in May 2010, Michaels donated his $250,000 prize to the American Diabetes Association. He even re-recorded a version of the Poison classic "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" with his two young daughters for the album "Kidz Bop Sings Monster Ballads," with a portion of the proceeds going to the American Diabetes Association and the JDRF.

A representative for Michaels told Roanake station WSLS-10, "Bret wants children to know that they are not alone. He wants kids to create friendships with other children living with diabetes…and he wants to help other hard-working parents give their children living with diabetes the same opportunities he had."

And how does Kennah feel? "I think it’s really cool…I think it’s amazing. I would have to say thank you so much for making it happen."

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Updated 792 days ago   Article ID# 1462809

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