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Bret Michaels Lends a Hand in Tornado-Ravaged Nebraska

By    |   Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 11:12 AM

Bret Michaels pledged his continued support to Pilger, Nebraska, after his band and road crew helped clear debris from the town that was slammed by twin EF-4 tornadoes a week ago.

The rock star said on his website that his two sisters live close to the tornado-ravaged areas and decided to take a day off of touring to visit Pilger.

"When I heard the news of what happened to the folks in Pilger, I immediately wanted to do something to give them a hand in the aftermath of this disaster," Michaels said in an earlier statement. "I have many friends and family in that area including my sisters, one of which served in the Air Force station at Offutt AFB in Omaha."

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Michaels, his band, and road crew spent their time Monday clearing debris from Betty and Tim Maly's property, where only the basement survived the blast of the tornadoes, according to the Norfolk Daily News.





"You can't thank them enough, people take time out of their days off or use their spare time to come here," Tim Maly said of Michaels and his band. "It's just unreal. I'm doing pretty good. I went to work for a few hours yesterday to get some normalcy . . . Today has been kind of hard, just seeing all of the big machinery in town, piling everything up."

Volunteers and residents took pictures with Michaels and got autographs from the former lead singer of Poison, who has appeared in numerous reality TV shows including Donald Trump's "The Apprentice 3" and VH1's "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels."

"I just happen to be here in Pilger today, but I'm going to make a donation through my Life Rocks foundation to the people who were affected by the storms," Michaels said, according to the Daily News. "Also, we're going to do a big benefit concert for all of the communities. We're going to get it set up, maybe sometime in August, and do it right. I'm going to look into finding a great venue. I don't make false promises. I'll be back."

Michaels, who suffers from diabetes, became ill during a concert in Manchester, New Hampshire, last month after emergency personnel found his blood sugar levels dangerously low while he was also recovering from the flu, dehydration, and exhaustion.

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