Fight Against Diabetes Brings Mother To First Concert

Fight Against Diabetes Brings Mother To First Concert

Musician Bret Michaels rocked an excited crowd at Abilene's Lucky Mule Saloon Thursday night. While many who attended were there for his classic songs, that wasn't the case for one woman.
Musician Bret Michaels rocked an excited crowd at Abilene's Lucky Mule Saloon Thursday night. While many who attended were there for his classic songs, that wasn't the case for one woman.

Jennifer Bolden's reason to go to his concert goes beyond rock and roll. The 32-year old mother takes care of her 13-year old daughter Ashley, a Type 1 diabetic.

"Her diagnosis at eight years old made me a better mother and wife because I had to step my game up," Jennifer Bolden said.

Her connection with diabetes is the reason why she became a Bret Michael's super fan. The former lead vocalist of Poison, was heavily in the media for his lifelong battle with diabetes. The disease affects 25.8 million children and adults in the United States, according to the American Diabetes Association.

"I actually know about his diabetes more about his music," adds Bolden. "Just as a person, he seems like a great guy."

Aside from showing support, the night to go to his concert is a chance to mark off a milestone from Bolden's list. This will be in fact her very first concert ever to attend.

"My parents were very strict and I wasn't allowed to listen to that kind of music," Bolden explained.

Bolden admits to suffering from depression and an anxiety disorder, which made it difficult for her to fully commit to attending a concert.

After much support, and realization to show a good example to her two daughters, Bolden faced her fears and stepped inside the rocked-out show.

Additionally, her experience exceeded her expectation when she actually met the 80's rockstar outside of his tour bus.

"I wouldn't want my first concert any other way."

KTAB's Matthew Torres has the full story.
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