2019-01-09 / Local News

A life cut short – Tyler Trent 1998-2019

Comet staff report

Tyler Trent, Purdue super fan and champion for cancer research, passed away New Year’s Day.

There are so many things that can be said about the 20-yearold:

He was inspirational, humble, kind, positive, committed and grateful.

For the past five years Tyler fought bone cancer or osteosarcoma. He was first diagnosed with the disease when he was 15. He underwent treatment and went into remission, finishing high school. Two months before he was to begin his freshman year at Purdue, the cancer came back. Tyler spent a lot of the past year and a half promoting the importance of cancer research and how it could save kids’ lives. He was particularly passionate about Riley Hospital for Children and the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research.

His enthusiasm for life despite his illness and his commitment to making life better for other kids brought Tyler many opportunities to share his story. Those opportunities also gave him a chance to share his love of Jesus Christ with others.

Tyler’s autobiography, “The Upset,” will help with his goal of raising over a $1,000,000 for cancer research.

The book can be ordered at https://www.tylertrentbook.c om/product-page.

In recent months Tyler received two impressive awards. He was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor for Indiana civilians, and won Disney’s Wide World of Sports Spirit Award, given annually to college football’s most inspirational individual or team. Four days before his death, he served as the honorary bowl captain and attended the pregame coin toss for the Purdue-Auburn football game in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn.

He also recently joined Riley Hospital to create the Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment. Endowment funds will be used for genetic testing for families and research for a cure.

Tyler is survived by his parents, Tony and Kelly Trent; younger brothers, Ethan and Blake; his maternal grandmother; his paternal grandparents, Martin and Glenna Trent of Bringhurst; his paternal great-grandmother, Esther Koble of Flora; aunts, uncles and cousins; and a host of friends.

His funeral was Tuesday evening at College Park Church in Indianapolis. A vigil for Tyler will be held at 6 p.m. today, Jan. 9, in front of Hovde Hall near the Engineering Fountain at Purdue University.

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