WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue student and cancer survivor Tyler Trent has announced he will not be returning to campus. Trent has been battling Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, since 2014.
Trent announced the news on Twitter Saturday saying his health has taken a turn for the worse and the level of care he needs is too great. Trent had an emergency surgery late last month.
update: I'm sad to say I will not be making it back to #Purdue. �� My health has taken a turn for the worse and the level of care I now need is too great. While I may not know how many days I have left, I'm trusting the one who does! #onlythestrong #boilerforlife #godsgotthis
— Tyler Trent (@theTylerTrent) September 29, 2018
News 18 has followed Trent since last year when he gained attention for camping overnight outside Ross-Ade to be in the front row of the Purdue vs. Michigan game. Just hours before, Trent was at Riley Hospital for Children receiving chemotherapy.
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Since then, Boiler Nation has fallen in love with Trent and his story. He shared the following message with News 18 Monday afternoon from his home in Carmel.
"I just wanted to send out a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me through this battle with cancer. Though I may not be back in West Lafayette right now, I'm praying and hoping that the Lord will bring me back there in the future...so that I can see Purdue football beat Ohio State on October 20th. Boiler Up, Hammer Down, Thank you!"
Sunday night, the captains of the Purdue Football team spent the evening with Trent. They even delivered him the game ball from Saturday's victory at Nebraska.
Monday night, the dean of Purdue's Polytechnic Institute delivered Tyler an Associates Degree.
— Tyler Trent (@theTylerTrent) October 1, 2018
From all of us here at News 18, we are all thinking of you Tyler!
Trent is a columnist for The Purdue Exponent and GoldandBlack.com. You can read some of his blog posts below:
- A spot held for Tyler Trent
- Tyler Trent's Legacy
- Greater Lafayette's love for Tyler Trent
- National Bobblehead Hall of Fame creates Tyler Trent bobblehead
- Purdue creates Tyler Trent scholarship for students encountering adversity
- Tyler Trent passes away following battle with bone cancer
- Schedule for Tyler Trent's Purdue memorial service released
- LFD inspector, Tyler Trent's uncle delivers family eulogy
- Purdue University hosts candlelight vigil for Tyler Trent
- Tyler Trent will be on the field for Purdue's bowl game