Bret Michaels makes special stop before concert to visit Utah fan battling ALS

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah -- Poison frontman Bret Michaels, who is scheduled to play a concert at Sandy Station Thursday night, flew in a few hours early to spread his rock of love to one of his biggest fans.

"For me to be able to go in and hang out with a truly awesome human being, a fighter, it inspires me, and she says I'm inspiring her, but it's very mutual," Michaels said.

Britt Robbins of Saratoga Springs is battling Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as ALS. Brittany has been a fan of the rock star since she was a little girl. Her family reached out, and Michaels jumped at the opportunity to spend time with a fan who can really benefit from his support.

"ALS is absolutely horrific," Michaels said. "It takes unbelievably great people and makes it very debilitating and deteriorating."

ALS is a cause close to Michaels' heart. He was one of the first people to complete the ice bucket challenge after one of his close friends was diagnosed with the devastating disease.

"I lost a best friend of mine to ALS, Brett," he said. "He fought it for a long time. One of the healthiest guys I ever knew, and I watched what he went through and we stayed tight till the very end."

ALS may have taken one of his closest friends, but it also led him to a new one.

"That's what I'm hoping this will be: An absolutely great day and the start of an awesome friendship," Michaels said.