Young Ohio State Fan Who Named His Cancer ‘Michigan’ Invited To Wolverines’ Game By Brady Hoke

  • Rick Chandler

Earlier this month we told you about Grant Reed, the 12-year-old Ohio resident who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2011. Grant, a huge Ohio State fan, had a creative way of keeping his spirits up through his ordeal: he named the cancer “Michigan.”

And as of now, Michigan has been soundly defeated. Doctors report that Grant’s illness is in remission.

Grant’s story has gone nationwide — he even got a hospital visit from Buckeyes’ head coach Urban Meyer. But nothing tops this: Recently he got a call from Michigan head coach Brady Hoke, who invited Grant and his family to the Ohio State-Michigan game on Nov. 30 in Ann Arbor.


Grant’s father, Troy, said his son did not hesitate to answer the coach. “He gave a very clear yes—he’s very excited,” Troy said.

Troy says Hoke told Grant that he needs to keep on working hard to beat Michigan and that the two made some small talk on the phone.

“It’s getting hard to keep my dislike for them, because they’ve been so classy and unbelievable to us,” said Troy, who played in the OSU marching band along with his wife, Denise.

“But it won’t be hard to cheer for the Buckeyes in November,” said Troy.

Also, the Rotary Club of Jackson, MI, will pick up the family’s hotel expenses.

Photo via: SIKids.

12-Year-Old Ohio State Fan Names His Brain Cancer ‘Michigan’ [SportsGrid]