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Young Buckeye fan names brain tumor ‘Michigan,’ beats it

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On the field over the past several years, Ohio State has gotten the best of its hated rival Michigan.

Recently, though, the Buckeyes were a part of an even bigger win off the field.

By way of NBC4 in Columbus, 12-year-old OSU fan Grant Reed underwent his final chemotherapy session last Friday at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  Upon being diagnosed with a brain tumor two years ago, Grant Reed, whose parents met when they were both members of Ohio State’s famed Best Damn Band in the Land, decided to give it the nickname of “Michigan.”

So, with the final chemo treatment in the book, the young man had, in essence, beat Michigan.  Awesome.

“We’ve beaten Michigan for the short-term, but like any rival, there’s a chance it can come back,” the cancer survivor’s father, Troy Reed, told the television station.

The station went on to write that the doctors have stated the prognosis for Grant’s future is good.

Additionally, the family donated a pair of wagons to the hospital for use by future patients at the hospital.  The only stipulation?  “It had to say ‘Beat Michigan’ on [the wagons],” the father said.

Thanks to this young man’s brave battle, the “Beat Michigan” battle cry has taken on a whole new — and wholly more important — meaning.  God bless him.

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26 Responses to “Young Buckeye fan names brain tumor ‘Michigan,’ beats it”
  1. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Jul 9, 2013 10:52 AM

    He should have called it the “National Championship” since this tumor was apparently banned from his body.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 9, 2013 10:56 AM

    I’m definitely a Buckeye hater but this is a great story.

  3. classyjacklambert says: Jul 9, 2013 11:02 AM

    Probably the greatest story I’ve read in a while.

  4. polegojim says: Jul 9, 2013 11:21 AM

    Awesome… glad he’s been victorious!

  5. dallasstars9 says: Jul 9, 2013 11:25 AM

    Go Blue!

  6. dugst88 says: Jul 9, 2013 11:35 AM

    good luck

  7. canetic says: Jul 9, 2013 12:04 PM

    He should have named it Urban Meyer so it would leave to spend more time with it’s family

  8. steeler1nation says: Jul 9, 2013 12:19 PM

    God bless America!

  9. dkhhuey says: Jul 9, 2013 12:21 PM

    Awesome – just plain awesome!!!

  10. steeler1nation says: Jul 9, 2013 1:44 PM

    who the hell would downvote “God bless America” (gotta be a liberal, maybe oBUMa)

  11. fnc111 says: Jul 9, 2013 2:08 PM

    P.S. may god forever torture scUM.

  12. yaozer17 says: Jul 9, 2013 2:19 PM

    only a dbag would turn this into a political rant. good job steeler1nation.

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 9, 2013 2:36 PM

    steeler1nation says:
    Jul 9, 2013 1:44 PM
    who the hell would downvote “God bless America” (gotta be a liberal, maybe oBUMa)
    ============================

    Why do conservatives think they are the only one’s who love their country?

    Liberals may think the country has problems that need to be fixed… doesn’t mean we don’t think it’s the greatest country on earth…. it is.

  14. soundsofsuccess7 says: Jul 9, 2013 3:23 PM

    Yeah that’s pretty awesome.

    Good for that kid.

  15. markinowei says: Jul 9, 2013 3:39 PM

    Reblogged this on markinowei.

  16. blueinok says: Jul 9, 2013 3:56 PM

    This may be the only time I am glad “Michigan” got beat. Congratulations and good luck! Go Blue!

  17. florida727 says: Jul 9, 2013 3:57 PM

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad the kid beat cancer, but this is stupid. Seriously? You’re going to name your disease? If it helped the kid, great. Otherwise though, grow up.

  18. jag8r904 says: Jul 9, 2013 4:52 PM

    @Florida727, He is 12 so he doesn’t have to grow up yet. However, since he just beat Michigan, maybe he’ll be able to grow up, just like you want.

  19. cometkazie says: Jul 9, 2013 5:15 PM

    Great story.

    I dislike the SuckEyes but this kid and his family have won my heart over.

  20. stlouis1baseball says: Jul 9, 2013 5:22 PM

    Wonderful story. I am glad the kid beat it.

    Signed,
    Michigan Football fan brainwashed at a very young age

  21. bengalbuck says: Jul 9, 2013 5:37 PM

    That team up North just got a new nickname.

    Great news for that kid and his family.

  22. dkhhuey says: Jul 9, 2013 6:27 PM

    As a Buckeye alumni – I would have to say if the sides were flipped and it was a Michigan kid using Ohio State to beat cancer – the reaction would be the same – what an awesome storyline!!!

  23. indywvu says: Jul 9, 2013 6:42 PM

    Can’t stand either school or program, but I love the story. Things like this are part of what makes college football so great. It absolutely brought a smile to my face.

    Nothing but best wishes for this young man going forward!

    Hail, West Virginia!

  24. swampcannons says: Jul 9, 2013 10:04 PM

    Good luck to the young man and hope he stays cancer free!!

  25. jcsoup2000 says: Jul 10, 2013 12:00 PM

    Don’t tell anyone – but this Wolverine is really happy to say I’m glad a Buckeye beat “Michigan!”

  26. thegamecocker says: Jul 10, 2013 10:32 PM

    Continue the good fight young man. G-d bless! The Gamecocker

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