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Monday, July 22, 2013
Updated: July 23, 1:06 PM ET
Brady Hoke invites cancer survivor

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The 12-year-old Ohio State fan who named his cancer "Michigan" will attend the rivals' late November game as a guest of Wolverines coach Brady Hoke.

Grant Reed and Urban Meyer
Grant Reed, the 12-year-old Ohio State fan who named his cancer "Michigan," will attend the rivals' game as a guest of Urban Meyer counterpart Brady Hoke.

Hoke offered Grant Reed tickets to this year's matchup -- the rivalry is known as "The Game" -- in Ann Arbor. A Michigan spokesman confirmed that Hoke called Reed and his family Monday.

Columbus, Ohio, TV station WCMH reported Reed finished his final chemotherapy treatment a couple of weeks ago. Reed's father, Troy, told the station his son gladly accepted Hoke's offer.

"He gave a very clear yes -- he's very excited," Troy said, according to the TV station.

When Grant was diagnosed with cancer less than two years ago, he chose to name his disease Michigan. He wanted to beat it -- and he has.

"There was no way we could have pulled off getting tickets otherwise," Troy said of Hoke's invitation.

According to the TV report, the Rotary Club of Jackson, Mich., has offered to pay for the Reeds' hotel.

"It's getting hard to keep my dislike for them, because they've been so classy and unbelievable to us," said Troy, a former member of the Buckeyes' marching band. "But it won't be hard to cheer for the Buckeyes."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.