Grant Reed | 2000 2019: Ohio State Fan Battling Childhood Tumors Named Cancer 'Michigan'

Grant Reed's name will be featured on the Nationwide No. 88 car in the Daytona 500 to honor his fight against cancer. Reed, a Clear Fork High School senior, died Feb. 10. (Photo11: Submitted)

BELLVILLE - Grant Reed's name has been added to Nationwide racing car No. 88 to honor the late Clear Fork High School senior's fight against cancer.

Jarrett Dunbar, the public relations lead for Nationwide’s sports marketing team, said that Nationwide and Hendrick Motorsports are honoring Grant Reed’s fight against cancer by adding Grant's name over the passenger door of No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

The car will be competing in one of NASCAR's premier events, the Daytona 500.

Reed, 18, an Ohio State fan who named his cancer "Michigan," died Sunday at Children's Hospital in Columbus.

His father, Troy Reed, 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 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.

In addition to being a huge Buckeye fan, Grant was also an avid NASCAR fan. He and his family had a very strong connection with the No. 88 Nationwide team through Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Patient Champion Program, Dunbar said.

Grant served as the grand marshal for the 2013 Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  Alex Bowman drove the Nationwide Children’s Hospital car that year.

In 2016, Grant was a patient champion for the Kentucky race and was a guest of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Nationwide at the track that weekend.

"To honor his memory and fight against cancer, Grant’s name will be over the passenger door of the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for all track activities during DAYTONA 500 week, including Thursday’s Duel race and Sunday’s DAYTONA 500. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the Reed family during this time," Dunbar said.


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