Hixson boy with type 1 diabetes gets a special Riverbend surprise

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A fun night at Riverbend became unforgettable for one Hixson boy.

He actually got to meet and sit down with one of the festival's main headliners.

Nine-year-old Kyle Pruett and Poison lead singer Bret Michaels both have type one diabetes. Both were diagnosed when they were 6 years old.

Kyle and his family were at Riverbend over the weekend, when Michaels was performing at the Coke Stage.

The family had a chance to sit down and talk with the rock star, which allowed Kyle to learn how similar their lives are.

Most importantly, they were able to share how they both were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

They didn't just talk about their diagnoses. There was also a surprise involved too.

"The first thing Bret said to us was, 'We're sending him to camp.' And my husband and I just looked at Bret because we didn't understand what is happening and he had to repeat it, We are sending him to camp. And in that moment it was very surreal that it was happening," said Kyle's mother Amy.

Kyle's mom also told us that during their conversation with Michaels, he gave Kyle some life advice about dealing with this disease.

He told Kyle to live life as best and as full as he can, and not let the disease hold him back from reaching for the stars and most importantly doing the things he loves.

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