What's Up Wednesday -- Grant

#WhatsUpWednesday is our chance to hear from the teens who are involved with the Speak Now for Kids community. This week’s post will focus on Grant, a recent Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day Hero. At 11 years old, Grant was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, the most common pediatric type of malignant brain cancer. Thanks in part to the medical team at Nationwide Children’s, 16-year-old Grant is now tumor free.

So, Grant…what’s up?

1. Why do I advocate? Since I have had a brain tumor twice and know how hard it is to fight cancer, I want to make it easier for other kids to get good cancer care.

2. Person I find most inspirational: My friends and people from my hometown because they have been such a great support to me during and after cancer treatment.

2016_Speak_Now_for_Kids_Family_Advocacy_Day__June_22__2016-184.JPG3. What makes me unique: I have survived two brain tumors.

4. What jam gets me up when I’m down: “Survival” by Eminem

5. What have I overcome? I have fought two brain tumors requiring radiation and chemotherapy, both which caused me to be weak and lose a lot of weight. I had posterior fossa syndrome that caused me to have weakness and lose many normal functions so I had to learn to talk, eat and walk all over again.

6. What do I want the world to know about my condition? Even though I had brain tumors, I am now doing well and am just a normal teenager.

7. If I could change the world, I would…. Find a cure for all cancers.

8. Who, or what, is my biggest supporter? My parents and brother.

9. What does my children’s hospital mean to me? To me, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a symbol of hope.

10. How do I plan to give back to the world? To be a positive person helping others.

11. What do I want to be when I grow up? I am still not 100% sure, but I do know that I want to attend college.


You can read Grant's original Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day bio here

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