Most Turtleman fans can tell you all about Ernie Brown, Jr.’s passion for catching snapping turtles in murky ponds, or how well Turtleman and Banjo Neal work together to bag a stinky skunk. But, there are a lot of Turtleman fans who haven’t heard about his two daughters, Courtney and Megan. And, there are even fewer who know about 17 year old Courtney Brown’s daily battle with Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes. Turtleman’s oldest daughter, Courtney, was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes when she was only six years old.
After 10 years of watching his daughter struggle to keep her blood sugar within healthy limits and nearly losing her a few times when it got dangerously low, Ernie Brown, Jr. has decided to fight back. Ernie said he has always been supportive of all types of causes, and has attended many events to help raise money. However, he says it’s time to put his heart and soul into raising money for a cause that has affected him and his family, personally.
Last fall, Ernie teamed up with Ted Mitchell, an old school motorcycle builder from Cookeville, Tennessee, to build a custom bike for Courtney, and then sell raffle tickets on the bike to raise money to fight Juvenile Diabetes. And, what came out of that partnership is nothing short of a work of art! The “Turtleman Bike” is a 1984 Harley-Davidson softail motorcycle covered in Turtleman’s own “turtleflage.”