COLUMBUS (WDTN) – Buckeye fans come in all and levels of health and Tuesday, the Ohio State Marching Band Alumni returned to Dodd Hall for an annual event to get patients excited about the big game this weekend.
Led by Ohio State’s first female Drum Major Shelley Graf, the band wanted patients to know they have not been forgotten.
“Mentally and physically, it’s hard for these patients and they all do work really hard,” she said.
Cheria Dial is learning to walk again after surgery to remove her cancer. On her first day of therapy, she walked ten feet.
“We did it and I burst into tears, because that was the first time that I actually believed that I would be able to walk again,” she said.
Belief in the seemingly impossible is what keeps Mike Bullock going as he recovers from a broken neck, and Tuesday he found himself behind enemy lines.
“I like Ohio State, but I like Michigan better, so I just figured I’d join in,” he said.
His shout of “Go Blue” caught Shelley’s attention and when the band played Le Regiment, she had Mike, Cheria, and a few others dot the ‘I’ in the script Ohio.
“It was so much fun. That’s the only way I am ever going to dot the ‘I,’” Mike said. “I was honored, honestly, but I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as dotting the ‘I’ being a Michigan fan.”
Mike says the lengths Shelley and the band took to make him feel included in the pep rally were greatly appreciated but did not change his mind. He’s still rooting for maize and blue, for now.
“If they get me walking before I leave here, I said I would change over,” he said.