Grand Marshal Grant Reed of Bellville greets Austin Dillon during the pre-race ceremony before the start of the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. (Photo: Jason J. Molyet/News Journal )
BELLVILLE - Clear Fork High School senior Grant Reed, the boy who named his cancer "Michigan," died Sunday at Children's Hospital in Columbus.
His father, Troy Reed, gave the News Journal permission to use an update he posted on Facebook Sunday morning, saying, "Grant won his final victory over 'M*CH*G*N' because it can never hurt him again."
Grant died peacefully at 6:38 a.m. Sunday with his his parents Troy and Denise, and brother Collin, at his side.
"We held his hand until the end," Troy said. "The results of the MRI showed that the tumors were aggressively growing and the treatment was having no effect. Therefore, when Grant's condition began to worsen last evening (Saturday), we elected not to pursue any aggressive interventions, but to keep him comfortable. I believe he felt no pain.
"I have said many times, God's plan is perfect, even when it's not the result that we pray for. Grant is at peace and will never feel this earthly pain at all. He is having a blast (in) heaven's teen room with his friend Lu and was welcomed by all of his great grandmothers. 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. He was the strongest warrior that I ever met and fought like a champion until the very end.
"The last six years and nine months were a journey that strengthened our family and our community and brought us all together and Grant was the one who bore the brunt of it. He was a man among men and I pray that everyone who he touched never forgets his spirit. We thank you all for the prayers and support through the years and know that God did answer our prayers. He welcomed Grant into his glorious kingdom."
Reed, 18, made national news in 2013 for calling his tumor “Michigan.” The reason? The huge Buckeye fan knew Ohio State always beats Michigan, and he set about doing everything in his power to do the same thing.
It worked for years. Reed was then an eighth-grader at Clear Fork Middle School.
Upon hearing Grant’s story, OSU coach Urban Meyer visited him at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Michigan coach Brady Hoke invited Grant and his family to see Ohio State take on Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Grant’s love of OSU goes way back.
“He’s loved Ohio State since he was a baby,” Troy told the News Journal earlier. “Denise and I met in the marching band at Ohio State, and I proposed to her at the OSU-Michigan game in 1994. We just came off the field and I got down on one knee and proposed.”
On May 7, 2012, Grant was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a brain tumor in the back of the head near the brain stem. Grant’s tumor was removed May 10, 2012, but through the removal he developed a syndrome that left him unable to speak, swallow or move his left side. He also had massive double vision.
He was admitted to the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Nationwide Children’s for six weeks, where he regained control of his speech and physical abilities.
The Reed family was given a tour of Ohio Stadium, the locker room and the press box. Grant attended the marching band skull session and directed the band for “Hang On Sloopy” — his favorite part of the weekend.
Reed, at 15, was one of four Ohio children selected to be Nationwide Children’s Hospital Patient Champions. Along with getting to meet with NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. at the hospital, he and three others were Earnhardt’s special guests at the Quaker State 400 at the Kentucky Speedway.
Clear Fork High School Principal Brian Brown said Monday that Grant has been an incredible source of inspiration for the students and staff.
"He had an incredible spirit and unstoppable want to be part of the school and be a part of things. Everyone had a great admiration for him. He was on the sideline for every football game. He was part of our homecoming. Still through all of this he had a great sense of humor and was very quick witted. He was just a great kid," he said.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Source : https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/2019/02/11/grant-reed-ohio-state-buckeye-fan-dies-cancer-battle-nationwide-childrens-hospital/2835602002/