Young Ohio State fan names tumor "Michigan"

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Grant Reed.

Jerod Smalley, WCMH-TV

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) - A special young man received a well-deserved send-off Friday at Ohio's Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Troy and Denise Reed met as members of The Ohio State University Marching Band. They're diehard Buckeyes and those values were instilled in their children, Collin and Grant.

When Grant was diagnosed with a brain tumor two years ago, he nicknamed the disease "Michigan." But on Friday he beat Blue.

When the bell rings at Nationwide Children's Hospital, its sound represents renewed life.

"We've heard it run a few times. There was always the thought of having him to it. Today we got to hear it," Troy said.

On the 11th floor at the hospital, the bell awaits patients completing their final chemotherapy treatment.

OSU Head Coach Urban Meyer stopped by the hospital in December, and spent time with Grant, who turns 13 next month.

Doctors said the prognosis for Grant looks good.

"We've beaten Michigan for the short term, but like any rival, there's a chance it can come back," Troy said.



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