His name and his story have been shared around the world. At
12 years old, Grant Reed has endured what many adults never will — a fight with
cancer. He gave his cancer a nickname, “Michigan,” in his attempt to beat
the disease and show support for his Ohio State Buckeyes.
This Saturday, Grant and his family will travel just a few
minutes from their home in Bellville, Ohio over to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
where he'll take on two important jobs. Grant will serve as the Grand Marshal
for the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series Nationwide Children's Hospital 200.
He'll help wave the green flag at the start of the race. He'll also have the
honor of giving the command to drivers to start their engines.
“He's been practicing it in his speech therapy. He wants to
get it perfect,” said Grant's father, Troy, recently.
Reed finished his final chemotherapy treatment at Nationwide
Children's Hospital this summer and a recent MRI showed he had no recurrence of cancer.
Grant has begun speech and occupational therapy as he continues his recovery
from complications following his original surgery in 2011 to remove a brain
Grant has other major plans, including a Cedar Point trip
and a trip the Ohio State season opening game against Buffalo. He'll appear at
the Ohio State Marching Band's “Skull Session” at St. John Arena. Later
this season, he'll attend the OSU-Michigan game as a guest of Michigan head
coach Brady Hoke.