Sam Hornish, Jr. :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

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Sam Hornish Jr.

Birthdate: July 2, 1979
Hometown: Defiance, Ohio
Resides: Mooresville, N.C. and Napoleon, Ohio
Wife: Crystal
Children: Addison, Eliza
Hobbies: Watching movies, designing and building tree houses and carriages
Twitter: @SamHornish

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Meet Grant

Hometown: Mansfield, Ohio
Age: 13 in August
Diagnosis: Medullablastoma

On May 7, 2012 Grant was diagnosed with Medullablastoma, a brain tumor in the back of the head near the brain stem. Grant refused to use the word “cancer” to describe his new diagnosis. Instead, Grant, a relentless Ohio State Football fan, decided to call his brain tumor “Michigan,” because every Ohioan knows, we beat Michigan! And that’s what Grant did with his cancer at Nationwide Children’s – he beat it.

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Grant’s tumor was removed on May 10th, 2012, but through the removal he developed a syndrome that left him unable to speak, swallow, or move his left side, and he 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.

Through chemotherapy, radiation, brain surgery, and intense physical rehabilitation, Grant still managed to pass the sixth grade and will be a seventh grader this fall. Grant is a true representation of a champion – he continued to give 110% to every task he had.


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