Bret Michaels may be from Pittsburgh, but he seems to really love the Buckeye State. He was just here in Columbus a couple weeks ago, performing at Scioto Downs Racino on July 5, and he’s going to be here again in just a little over a month. Instead of performing, however, he will appear at the 10TV Health & Fitness Expo at the Columbus Convention Center on Sunday, August 17, at 1p.m., according to a press release issued by the television station.
“I am very excited to be a part of this huge event,” Michaels says in the press release. “As someone who has battled diabetes, I am looking forward to sharing my message on overcoming
adversity to live a better life. I hope to help 10TV make a difference in the lives of people in Central Ohio.”
Michaels was only six years old when he was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. His condition was well-publicized, even back in the 1980s when Poison was just getting started. He often admitted during interviews that he couldn’t party too hard because of the effects alcohol would have on his body chemistry. Since then, he has worked with numerous charities, including the American Diabetes Association, the JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and his own Life Rocks Foundation to raise money as well as awareness of the disease. If anyone is qualified to educate the people attending the expo, it is him.
The expo itself is pretty cool. In addition to a cornucopia of information about health and fitness, you can get your blood pressure checked, as well as your glucose level, cholesterol, even your hearing and kidneys. Best of all, admission is free.