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Grant was selected as this year’s Grand Marshal after a long, but successful, battle against cancer. After being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2012, Grant nicknamed his cancer “Michigan” and did just what he expects the Ohio State football team to do to Michigan every November– beat it. Upon hearing Grant’s story, OSU coach Urban Meyer visited him in the hospital and Michigan coach Brady Hoke invited Grant and his family to see Ohio State take on Michigan in Ann Arbor on November 30, 2013. As a former Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course employee, Grant’s father, Troy, is especially proud to see his son presiding over the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 as Grand Marshal.
Hometown: Mansfield, Ohio
Diagnosis: Pediatric Cancer
Driver: Sam Hornish, Jr.
On May 7, 2012 Grant was diagnosed with Medullablastoma, a brain tumor in the back of the head near the brain stem. 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. Make a gift in honor of Grant now!