Boilermakers present $10K check to Purdue Center for Cancer Research

A group of students in Purdue’s Hospitality and Tourism Management 212 class presented the funds at the T2 Student Gate at Ross-Ade Stadium, where the world first met Tyler Trent.

Posted: Dec 4, 2019 7:15 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)— It’s a big day for cancer research. $10,000 was donated to the Tyler Trent Endowment at Purdue’s Center for Cancer Research Wednesday.

A group of students in Purdue’s Hospitality and Tourism Management 212 class presented the funds at the T2 Student Gate at Ross-Ade Stadium.

As we previously reported, the students worked concessions at every home football game this season as part of an assignment.

The project was a way for the class to learn the principles of running a business. However, their instructor, Keith Molter, wanted the class to find a way to give back to the community.

The plan was to donate the money raised from the concessions stand to a non-profit organization. It was up to students to decide where the money would go.

Christoper Gatton nominated the Tyler Trent Endowment at Purdue's Center for Cancer Research. His classmates quickly got on-board with the idea.

Trent passed away on Jan. 1st, 2019 after a long battle with Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. The world first met Trent when he camped out at Ross-Ade Stadium for the Purdue vs. Michigan game in 2017. Since that day, the Purdue superfan stole the hearts of not only Boilermakers but college sports fans around the country. 

Gifts donated to Trent's endowment go toward finding the cause and cure for cancer. With no overhead costs, every penny goes straight to research. 

One student in the class, Taylor Calvert, who worked concessions at the last home game against IU spoke to News 18 about her experience. She said cancer affects everybody, and she hopes research can put a stop to that. 

"It was super nice just to be able to give back to the Tyler Trent [endowment] because he's been such an inspiration to all of us, and especially Purdue as well," Calvert said. "So it was nice to give back and work and have a good time."

Nearly 50 students worked the concessions throughout the seven home football games. During Wednesday's presentation, officials with the Center for Cancer Research thanked them for their gift.

Kylie Casbon, a student in HTM 212 who worked concessions at the Purdue vs. Vanderbilt home opener, said if Tyler were here, he'd say, "Boiler Up!"

"Even if we didn't know Tyler Trent, he's a part of all of our hearts as Boilermakers," she explained. "And I think it was just an easy decision because we want to give back to something that's meaningful to us and the university."

$5,000 was raised from concessions. The Walther Cancer foundation matches gifts to Trent’s endowment at 100 percent, which made a total of ten thousand dollars donated.

To make a donation to Tyler Trent's Endowment, click here. 

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