Clear Fork Schools Remember Grant Reed

  • 2/12/2019 3:31:18 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

BELLVILLE, OH - Clear Fork High School and Middle School agreed to "go gray" on February 12th to honor the memory of Grant Reed, a student who recently lost his life to cancer.

Grant Reed, the OSU fan who became a local legend for naming his tumor "Michigan," passed away at 6:38 Sunday morning. Grant had been battling brain cancer since 2012. During that time Clear Fork Schools held several "Go Gray for Grant" days, and students always participated en masse. Fundraisers were held, t-shirts were sold, and the community rallied together around Grant and his family.

"It brought the community together, it brought recognition for his cause, and how to handle adversity," Principal Brian Brown said of Grant's optimism and strength. "If you can get Michigan fans and Buckeye fans to come together on something, I mean that's nothing short of a miracle right there, and Grant was able to do that." 

Grant was an avid fan of the Buckeyes, and even became somewhat famous for it after word got out that he named his brain tumor "Michigan." He battled Michigan with strength and optimism. A well-loved kid among his community, Grant was known for his positivity even in difficult circumstances.

"Anybody that knows him will tell you what a warrior he was," said Dave Carroll, Special Education Teacher and Head Football Coach at Clear Fork High School. "As a football coach, all the things that we try to teach... about hard work, and discipline, and having a positive attitude and being mentally tough, he was the epitome of."

In one final show of support, the student body again dressed all in gray- or in Ohio State colors- and gathered together in the gymnasium for a group photo.

"It just symbolizes Grant's attitude and that he may be gone, but his spirit, that attitude, you know, that positive attitude, that- that strong will and that toughness that he showed us, you know, will hopefully be carried on by all of us. I think that's what this type of thing represents," Carroll continued. 

Carroll said he was lucky to have known Grant, and that anybody else at Clear Fork would have said the same. Grant left a lasting impact on the Clear Fork community, one that was shown through unity as students and faculty gathered together in a sea of gray to honor his memory.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 13th at Storyside Church in Bellville from 2 pm to 8 pm with funeral services in the same place Thursday, February 14th at 11 am. Storyside Church is located at 541 State Route 97 West in Bellville. Burial will follow services at Bellville Cemetary.

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