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Greater Lafayette's love for Tyler Trent

The mayors, police departments, bookstores, president's office and many local eateries gave items to make sure Tyler felt like he was back at Purdue.

Posted: Oct 28, 2018 9:37 PM
Updated: Oct 28, 2018 9:46 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- As you walk into Tyler Trent's home, just about everything is signed. Drew Brees, Adam Vinatieri, Jon Lester, Andrew Luck, Mike Pence...the list goes on. There are jerseys, helmets, cards and letters from across the country taped to every blank space on the cancer fighter's wall. 

After being on hand for Purdue football's 49-20 blowout win over #2 Ohio State, one in which he predicted, Tyler went back to his home in Carmel, IN. The only problem with Carmel (besides the roundabouts) is that there isn't Den Pops. There's not Purdue dining court cookies, Bruno's Pizza or Triple XXX root beer. His childhood home may be there, but if you ask him where he'd rather be, it's West Lafayette, Indiana. 

So, Greater Lafayette responded. 

News 18 visited Tyler at his home in Carmel Friday to deliver a few items donated from town. The mayors, police departments, bookstores, president's office and many local eateries gave items to make sure he felt like he was back at Purdue. 

It's something that didn't surprise Tyler's parents Tony and Kelly. Tyler's Alma Matter has been one of the greatest inspirations getting him through his fight.  

"They were there from day one," said Tony Trent. "Purdue University was there from day one, and it has just been phenomenal."

Tyler has been at home since last month when he announced he was leaving Purdue to battle Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Tyler is in hospice care with a terminal diagnosis. 

"Life is created to live eternally," said Tony Trent. "That helps me to know that someday, I will get to spend eternity with my child."

Tyler's parents have been opening their door to guests and media outlets for the past several weeks. Tyler wants his story told for every person fighting the disease. 

"He would do everything he could to bring awareness to cancer and cancer research and to live his life to the fullest," said Tony Trent. "I think he is a prime example of someone who has lived their life to the fullest, and I couldn't be more proud of him."

If he's not pointing people to his faith, Tyler is pointing people to donate to cancer research. Purdue announced Saturday that an endowment was created in honor of Tyler. You can now donate to the Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment.

Tyler's parents said his faith, cancer research and Purdue football get him through his day. Tyler's family is still taking in Purdue's win over Ohio State. 

"It was literally like life was breathing into him that day, I am not joking," said Tony Trent. "I know this is going to sound crazy, but the moment we got to the stadium I could tell you Purdue was going to win. There was something magical in the air."

As News 18 was leaving, Tyler's mom pulled out a stack of cards. 

"You won't believe this. Ninty percent of these are from Ohio State fans."

A special thank you to Bruno's Pizza, Purdue Dining and Catering, Triple XXX, City of Lafayette, City of West Lafayette, Lafayette Police, West Lafayette Police, The Discout Den, Follett's Purdue Bookstore, Harry's Chocolate Shop and the President's Office for their donations.

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