Bret Michaels pays a visit to two Utah families in need

Bret Michaels made a stop in Utah to make two special donations to two families with special needs Friday. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) -- Bret Michaels made a stop in Utah to make two special donations to two families with special needs Friday.

The lead singer of the glam-rock band Poison stopped in Utah on his way to a concert in Wendover, when he wanted to make a donation from his Life Rocks Foundation to two families.

One family received a donation from Michaels to help their daughter Emma Tapia, who suffers from seizures; and, the other family with a son named Malakai Rodriguez who has brittle bone disease.

"It's not just about the cure which we haven't got to yet, but it's about managing and making your life as awesome as you can make it through adversity," Michaels told 2News.

Tapia's family received donation money to help them purchase a service dog, while Rodriguez's family also received monetary donations along with a guitar pick from the 1980s rock star.

"We were fundraising to get the service dog paid off and that's when we originally met him," said Rodriguez's mother, Dolores. "And, [Michaels] gave Malakai a guitar pick, and then Malakai said 'thank you so much because I love the guitar!'"

Michaels had the item made for Rodriguez, while the other gifts and donations were delivered to Tapia. He also made monetary donations through his foundation.

The musician has a history of making charitable donations in every city where he performs.


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