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Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Grind For Life

Tribute to Mike Rodgers 2012 Grind For Life
Mike Rodgers Grind For Life

Pro skateboarder and Cocoa Beach resident Mike Rogers founded Grind For Life, Inc. in 2003 as a way to provide financial assistance for people traveling long distances for cancer treatment.
A cancer survivor himself, Mike saw the need for this kind of help firsthand. “My cancer was super rare, so I had to travel from South Florida to New York City for my seventeen-hour surgery and radiation treatments,” he explains. “I had to cash in my retirement fund just to barely get through it, and I had was lucky enough to have my girlfriend’s family to stay with for four months. Imagine losing your job and home and being sick and broke at the same time.

Through events and competitions across the country — like the one taking place April 23 at the Cocoa Beach Skate Park — Mike and a host of skateboarding luminaries raise awareness and much-needed funds for this worthy cause. Along with providing monetary support, Grind For Life also offers education on cancer recovery and survival as well as inspiration for patients and their families. Two Grind For Life Thrift Shops are also in operation in Cocoa Beach, the newest of which concentrates on hard-to-find vintage items and houses the organization’s offices and volunteer center.

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