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Young Buckeye fan names brain tumor ‘Michigan,’ beats it

On the field over the past several years, Ohio State has gotten the best of its hated rival Michigan.

Recently, though, the Buckeyes were a part of an even bigger win off the field.

By way of NBC4 in Columbus, 12-year-old OSU fan Grant Reed underwent his final chemotherapy session last Friday at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Upon being diagnosed with a brain tumor two years ago, Grant Reed, whose parents met when they were both members of Ohio State’s famed Best Damn Band in the Land, decided to give it the nickname of “Michigan.”

So, with the final chemo treatment in the book, the young man had, in essence, beat Michigan. Awesome.

“We’ve beaten Michigan for the short-term, but like any rival, there’s a chance it can come back,” the cancer survivor’s father, Troy Reed, told the television station.

The station went on to write that the doctors have stated the prognosis for Grant’s future is good.

Additionally, the family donated a pair of wagons to the hospital for use by future patients at the hospital. The only stipulation? “It had to say ‘Beat Michigan’ on [the wagons],” the father said.

Thanks to this young man’s brave battle, the “Beat Michigan” battle cry has taken on a whole new -- and wholly more important -- meaning. God bless him.