Posted: 4:09 pm Thursday, March 15th, 2018
Poison frontman Bret Michaels has been a Type 1 diabetic for most of his life.
He is in the fortunate position of being able to afford the expensive drug that keeps him alive – insulin.
Many are not so fortunate. Of course, this applies to sufferers of many different diseases who cannot afford insurance coverage and/or medication.
After hearing the heartbreaking story of a 26-year-old restaurant manager who died, trying to stretch his insulin supply to make it to his next paycheck, Bret Michaels released the following statement:
“As an individual living with Type 1 diabetes since the age of 6, the story of Alec Raeshawn Smith in Minneapolis, Minnesota moves me. To start, my prayers & condolences go out to his family. As a brittle diabetic myself who is insulin dependent with a varying intake of 5 injections per day, I am committed in working towards a resolution to pull all parties together so that this never happens again. Like many others, my very life depends on the availability of insulin. In order for a resolution, we need to begin the conversation & I will personally make every attempt to discuss with President Trump as well as Secretary Of Health & Human Services Alex Azar in an effort to pull together the appropriate parties to begin this conversation.
I have lived with diabetes mostly all of my life & I have seen it claim the lives of family members & friends. It is the reason I fought so hard to win Celebrity Apprentice & it is the reason I continue to raise large sums of money for the American Diabetes Association & JDRF. It is the reason I raise diabetes awareness & the reason I send children to diabetes summer camp through my Life Rocks Foundation where they can learn to manage their diabetes, make friends with a common bond & so they can “just be kids”. – Bret Michaels”