OSU Fan Who Named His Cancer Michigan Dies At 18

OSU Fan Who Named His Cancer Michigan Dies At 18

  • 2/11/2019 2:24:22 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

BELLVILLE, OH - Grant Reed, the OSU fan who became a local legend for naming his tumor "Michigan," passed away at 6:38 Sunday morning.

At 10:10 AM Sunday Reed's father, Troy, confirmed the news on a public Facebook page created in 2012 in order to support Grant during his recovery. Troy wrote, "He won his final victory over M*CH*G*N because it can never hurt him again. He passed peacefully with Denise, Collin, and I at his side. We held his hand until the end."

Grant had been battling brain cancer since 2012; since that time, the support group on Facebook has grown to over 1,800 members. He made waves after news broke that he had named his brain tumor "Michigan" because "Ohio State always beats Michigan." Since then, supporters made t-shirts and began fundraisers in the name of "beating Michigan." The mantra even got the attention of then-head football coach Urban Meyer.

Troy says in his Facebook post that Grant fought "like a champion until the very end." After six years of fighting the cancer, the tumors became too aggressive and the family elected to stop intervention, making Grant comfortable instead.

"Grant touched so many lives in his short time on this earth and was loved by all who met him. God blessed me by allowing me to be his dad, but I fear I learned more from him than I ever taught him," the Facebook post read. It continued on to thank Grant's supporters for all of their prayers, and to say that arrangements will be shared once they become available.

Clear Fork will be "going gray" in honor of Grant, wearing all gray on February 12th.

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