12 Year Old Ohio State Fan Names Cancer Michigan, Beats It

Nov 17, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes players and head coach Urban Meyer sing their school song “carmen ohio” after their overtime victory over the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan and Ohio State is one of the nations biggest sports rivalries. So a 12 year old Ohio State fan, Grant Reed, was diagnosed with a tumor and naturally decided to name it Ohio State.

He turned the Ohio State rallying cry, “Beat Michigan,” into a personal mantra for his every day battle.

According to MSN FoxSports (h/t Bleacher Report):

Grant was diagnosed with the tumor in 2011, and decided soon after to nickname his biggest adversary after Ohio State’s greatest rival, the University of Michigan. And after much pain, struggle and chemotherapy, the doctors’ prognosis is good—Reed is beating Michigan.

Grant’s parents were both in the marching band at Ohio State and he grew up in a obviously pro-Buckeyes house. And his story could legitimately make him a contender for the title of OSU’s biggest fan.

His parents, Troy and Denise, spoke to NBC 4 in Columbus, OH about their son’s progress and his continuing will to fight against the odds.

“We’ve beaten Michigan in the short term,” Troy said. “But like any rival there’s a chance it can come back.”

His story has inspired the Ohio State Buckeyes and their fans. Head coach Urban Meyer even stopped by to visit Grant. The Reeds donated two wagons to the hospital so other kids in treatment would have something to play with. The gift though did come with strings attached.

“We did make the stipulation,” Troy said. “It had to say ‘Beat Michigan’ on it.”

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