We were all inspired when we heard about Grant Reed, the 12-year-old Ohio State fan who named his cancer “Michigan,” and then beat it. It was hard not to be moved deeply.
The feel-good story got even better yesterday when we learned Wolverines coach Brady Hoke reached out to the youngster’s family to offer them tickets to this year’s matchup between the two rivals in Ann Arbor.
Grant's father, Troy, said his son did not hesitate to answer the coach. "He gave a very clear yes—he's very excited," Troy said.
Hoke did not say where the tickets will be in the stadium, but Troy says it's no big deal. "Sad to say, in Michigan Stadium there's no bad seat."
"There was no way we could have pulled off getting tickets otherwise," Troy said.
The Rotary Club of Jackson, Michigan has offered to pay for the Reed family's hotel stay.
Troy says Hoke told Grant that he needs to keep on working hard to beat Michigan and that the two made some small talk on the phone.
"It's getting hard to keep my dislike for them, because they've been so classy and unbelievable to us," said Troy, who played in the OSU marching band along with his wife, Denise.
"But it won't be hard to cheer for the Buckeyes in November," said Troy.
[H/T: NBC Columbus]