“Beat Michigan” is a mission statement and a rallying cry for Ohio State and its athletics program, but never before have the words held the implications they’ve had for 12-year-old Grant Reed, who has named his brain tumor after the University of Michigan.
Grant comes to Ohio fandom by birth. His parents were in the marching band at Ohio State, he grew up in a Buckeye household and his life’s goal is to beat “Michigan” — the cancerous tumor he has been battling for the past two years.
According to MSN FoxSports, Grant was diagnosed with the tumor in 2011, and decided soon after to nickname his biggest adversary after Ohio State’s greatest rival. And after much pain, struggle and chemotherapy, the doctors’ prognosis is good — Reed is beating Michigan.