WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Aaron Lai is gearing up to donate to the already $1.3 million toward the Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment at Purdue.
He met with with Dr. Ratliff, the Robert Wallace Miller Director of the Purdue Center for Cancer Research Wednesday evening.
The two chatted about Lai's 100 mile journey to Bloomington in honor of Tyler Trent and Ratliff gifted Lai an engraved compass.
The compass says "Thank you for taking us on your adventure and being #TylerStrong."
It also glows in the dark.
Lai says he will use the compass to remember his trek.
"Looking back at it, I think, when I get older it will be like I did that," said Lai. "I did that a couple years ago and wow I can't believe it."
In the next couple of weeks a celebration will be held for Lai to present the cancer research center with more than $30 thousand.
That money will then be matched by the center.
All of it again goes toward Trent's wish to raise more than a million dollars for cancer research.