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Skateboarder MIke Rogers Beats Cancer & Grinds For Life – Rise Above

Skateboarder MIke Rogers Beats Cancer & Grinds For Life – Rise Above


I was 12 years old when I was diagnosed
started getting headaches migraines right here behind my right eye and that was
the first sign of a tumor and went to eye doctor thinking we need eye glasses we went to dr numark and said don’t need
glasses, something going on behind your right eye they brought in a brain surgeon to do a
biopsy. After removed the tumor they test it and it came back as aortic
sarcoma and uh… we didn’t know whether cancer was
and what it did but knew it was a bad situation so they were’nt unable to treat me in west
palm beach so i had to go a Miami children’s clinic in Miami
at the time being They just had to be really aggressive
with the treatment ’cause the cancer was so aggressive. 18 rounds chemo
30 rounds of radiation That age I was getting into skating
we had just got our first skatepark built in west palm beach
called Skateboard Safari I was a year skating at the skatepark
when i was diagnosed with cancer, so, it was a big blow for me because I wasn’t able to do skateboarding
any more do treatments to get rid of the cancer i was in remission at the time they said “if doesn’t
comeback is 7 years you’re cured” so that the seven-year point i went back again and got all the test
all the scans; No cancer. Cancer-free. Back to life. Back to school Doing skate contests in florida NSA amateur series. Doing all the cool
stuff that kids do growing up: working, skateboarding, surfing. Being a cancer survivor & being
able to skate with 1 eye and everything back then & being able to
compete with all the best guys showed me that I had a good strength It wasn’t about being a pro skater
I liked the sessions. I liked the brotherhood of it all, you know the
friendships. Something you keep forever After cancer I started working at Wuvs
cuttin’ french fries I was a french fry cook at Wuvs I was already responsible When you go through something real major like that it puts
a lot of things in perspective I knew that if i got out there, did my
own thing, worked and got my own money then I could do whatever i needed to do twenty five years later In 2003 started getting a runny nose. Went to
see a regular doctors she said “looks like you got a nasal infection” so I did 10 days antibiotics didn’t get
any better went back and said this wasnt really
working’ she said “looks like there’s some angry nose polyp in there and its
growing so im sending you to DR Raj. He was a nose head and
neck specialist He looked in my nose and said “looks like your tumor came back” I go ain’t no way a tumor can come back
twenty five days later so… he did a biopsy to remove the tumor and it came up the same kind of cancer
i had when i was a kid so the time its the worst news you ever get as a
human being BOOM you’re just going back to fight for life again
you know? Went down to Miami i had a doctor look at me he said uh… yet we had never did your procedure butk we’re willing to give it a try and uh… I was devastated & my girlfriend Jill
was down there with me and we’re both crying ’cause we don’t know what to do
and i had to go back home and think about it Where is the 4 best places to go in the united states? the closest place to me was Morris
Sloan in new york I went up there to have an appointment
with Dr. Sing he goes “Mike you’ll be the 46 person to have the
procedure. We’re really good at doing the procedure and uh… it’s gonna be uh… craniofacial resection with a brain lift
like a seventeen hour procedure done & we’ll remove cancer but we
don’t know if you’re going to be able to uh… skate. so. we’re going to save life but we don’t know what the quality-of-life will be afterwards at this time they were the only people
really doing those procedures I did the surgery and it was a great
outcome they did great job on me up there .My girlfriend Jill
came after surgery & looked at me, “Ahh it doesn’t look that bad you look pretty good” YES! I made it! I made it through the surgery After that I knew i knew i could
get back to my strength I was really lucky that in this world that we live in that
there’s people that take the time to go to school help people like me and help save
people’s lives, so, I’m very grateful I try my best to do my best for others
and uh… and uh… Just the doctors to be able
to save people’s lives like that i can’t take stuff for granted I gotta… do my part too. i had to cash in my retirement to
get through my illness at the time i lost my job I had use up all my retirement fund to get through my illness So, financially devastated But Im
alive so I was able to have the retirement fund to get to New York but
a lot of people don’t have that People think they can be treated in own
community and get devastating news that they got to travel out of state for me i was lucky, I was able to get up to new york with insurance I had
and pay my bills while i was gone After getting through all the expenses and stuff
everyone came together and we had a benefit called Grind for Life. All the
brotherhood of skateboarding came out from florida Mike Vallely came down skated for ys
It was a moving day after that i had seen there is a need for people who are traveling long distances for
cancer care and it didn’t take a lot to help them Why don’t we do this all the time you know like
why don’t we have these kind of events that help people? That’s kinda where the vision came from
was that benefit. all right we’re here at Clash at Clairemont 6 Little bad weather today, little rainy People still coming together to help Everybody wants to do good but sometimes they don’t know where to
get involved at, so, for action sports to have Grind for
Life everybody can be a part of it will help save people’s lives has
been a good thing so to wake up every day know that you’re
doing good and making a great impact as a
human giving back as a person to help people is a great feeling dr Sing said you cant be in a better
spot in life, with skateboarding you’re passionate and helping people with travel expenses right now i have a great balance in my
life with doing these events over the country and educating communities on cancer survival and recovery and helping people it’s been great journey its good to know that you kicked cancers
butt twice and show people too that cancer doesn’t always win people prevail and get back to life
doing good things

100 comments

Mike has a great attiude, when I think live is kicking me down, I look at how Mike and other cancer survivors keep on pushing…. GRIND FOR LIFE!!! Skate on Brother!!!

Truly inspirational!gives us skateboarders no excuse not to push harder when the roads get tough.much love from Singapore! Respect!

my gf's cuz is in his second battle with cancer, 23 years old… after seeing this video made me realize how strong he really is, u can't be a weak person to battle cancer once let alone twice! Mike is right we gotta give props to the people who went thru school to learn this and be able to treat us!!

check out the research that was done in France with GMOs and how they cause cancer .Keep up the good fight Mike much respect

WOW, this guy its a example of life!! He beated his problem twice and now is helping the other wit the same problem!!

Amazing story Mike, I was diagnosed with head and neck cancer exactly one year ago today. It blew the lives of me and my family apart. Following 8 rounds of chemo and 30 hits of radiotherapy and a number pretty brutal months of recovery I'm back in the clear and getting on with life and the things I love. Just want to let you know that I find your positivity and strength very inspiring. Keep doing what you do. All the very best, C.

He is Such an amazing inspiration, unfortunately I have had and have family members and friends with cancer but you just have to keep battling and its so awesome this guy can continue doing what he loves and enjoys : )

I cried because one of my little sisters had cancer and it sucks , so much pain for such little kids , it's heart wrenching hearing what mike Rogers has gone through, all my simpathy to him , such a great guy

I wanna hug that guy he looks like he's so sweet and friendly, after all he's been through. Going on skating and all, i mean h'es like so strong inside, He made me feel like anything was possible. This is a great video about a great man people… The ones that disliked, get a life or somethin that will make spend less time on the internet… like a skateboard for example 🙂

I beat cancer and i share my knowlagde.. i was miss diagnosed and was left with testicular cancer for 8months, then i rampt up the door and required a reevauliation and yes i had been right! But back then, decided to change my life from a bodybuilding diet " 1000g of meat and 2000ml of milk" i was basicly consuming giant amounts of posioned hormone foods that this modern world produces.. yet i knew that was the reason for my diease and went all in with a Vegetarian diet aswell as juicing big amounts.. when they did my bloods they were shocked, the numbers were so low and that was the reason for minimal spreading all though it was an aggresive form.. i survived something i shoudent and i believe nature did it… i preach it and yes read milions of boods, dokumentaries aswell as medical experiments and chriscrossed some of them, to eventually conclude that this diease is not genetic or random!

Met Mike in Tennessee this year and I was blown away at his humility. Just a beautiful soul, I have nothing but respect for Mike.

I met him and Mike Vallely at Orlando Skate Park in like, shit idk 2005-2006. Great dude and great cause

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