CW18 with Bret Michaels and JDRF Rock Waukesha County Fair Friday Night

Rocker Brett Michaels meets with local 15-year-old JDRF supporter, Jack Gertsmeier from Brookfield. Photo Credit: 1824 Promo Staff

Bret Michael's brought his amazing talent to the Waukesha County Fair on Friday night and, while his show was amazing, it was the time he took backstage with 15-year-old Jack Gertsmeier and his mom Katie that really stood out.

Michael's was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 6 years old and he has been passionate about helping Type 1 diabetics all over the world. Friday, just minutes before his sold out show Michael's hosted a meet-and-greet that included 15-year-old Jack and his mom. It was heartwarming to watch Michaels talk to the teenager about his struggle with the disease and the advancements made towards living with the illness. Bret has established the the Life Rocks Foundation and uses his fame to help a number of charities, but Diabetes is really one of the main focuses.

According to the Life Rocks Foundation website:

Your donation to the Life Rocks Foundation will benefit a myriad of charitable causes that affect everyone - from childhood cancer to diabetes to military support and pet charities.

Over the last several years, Bret Michaels and the Life Rocks Foundation has sent many diabetic kids to camps to help them learn how to manage their diabetes as well as show them that there are other kids just like them.

A life-long diabetic himself, Michaels has served as a role model and inspiration for fans young and old who also suffer from diabetes. He has shown time and time again that he will not let diabetes control him - he is in control of his life. He leads, and has always led, an active lifestyle - from sports to travel and his nearly 30 year career in music.

Even while on stage, Michaels took some time out to promote JDRF and its media sponsor, CW18. You can check out our full interview with Brett about his charity work and his appearance in upcoming SYFY movie, Sharknado 5, here on