Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, July 9, 2013


Even the most ardent Michigan supporters can root for Ohio State fan Grant Reed. When Reed, now 12, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2011, he named it "Michigan." The son of a mother and father who were both Ohio State band members, Reed recently beat the disease at Nationwide Children?s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

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And the young Buckeye fan's immediate outlook is promising.

?We?ve beaten Michigan for the short term,? Troy Reed, Grant?s father, told ?But like any rival, there?s a chance it can come back.?

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Before Reed left the hospital – the same one that Ohio State coach Urban Meyer visited him in December – he and his brother, Collin, donated a pair of wagons for future patients. But they did it under one condition.

?It had to say 'Beat Michigan' on it," Reed's father told


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