Skaters of all ages welcome at Nov. 3 Grind for Life event

The Grind for Life Series, presented by Marinela, will once again stop in Lakeland this weekend, giving local skateboarders the chance to fakie, ghetto bird and psycho white boy against others for awards and prizes.

Aimed at bringing skateboarders of all ages together, the event will be at the skate park at Lake Bonny, 800 US 98 S., in Lakeland, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Grind for Life was founded in 2003 by Mike Rogers, a lifelong skateboarder after his second battle with sarcoma cancer. He beat the cancer once as a teenager only to have it return 25 years later, requiring a 17-hour long surgery complete with cranial facial resection and a brain-lift, and ending with the removal of his eye, part of his cheekbone, half of the roof of his mouth and some teeth. He continues to skate.

The Grind for Life organization provides financial assistance to cancer patients and their familes when traveling long distances to doctors and hospitals. They also educate and inspire those patients and families concerning cancer survival and recovery.