Hammer Down Cancer: A fight for all

It's Hammer Down Cancer Night at Ross-Ade stadium. The University is looking to raise $10,000 for Purdue's Center for Cancer Research.

Posted: Aug 30, 2018 5:52 PM
Updated: Aug 30, 2018 6:33 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — There's an honorary team captain at Thursday night's game. Just like in football, Tyler Trent knows in order to win, you must work as a team.

That's why he's not wanting everyone to concentrate on his own cancer story.

Tyler said the Hammer Down Cancer game is a fight for all.

Dedication is a required trait for a good football fan. Tyler Trent has it but it makes him even happier to see it in others. He stopped to talk to a couple of people lined up in the morning for a football game that kicks off at 8 p.m..

"I joked about it on Twitter about how you know, they're trying to take over my super fan status or whatever," said Trent. "But it's so awesome."

Camping out hours before a game is nothing Tyler hasn't accomplished. Except, he did it immediately following a chemotherapy treatment.

Head Coach Jeff Brohm caught word and snapped a photo.

Trent has had several moments in the spotlight due to some of the self-proclaimed "crazy" things he's willing to do for Purdue and cancer.

But Tyler has been asking himself lately, how can I do more?

Like many people battling cancer, Tyler is waiting. He's hoping for cancer research to improve enough to cure him of his rare bone cancer for the third time.

"Osteosarcoma hasn't had a major development treatment wise in over 30 years," said Trent. 

But Tyler doesn't want to focus on just his story.

His mind is on fellow Boilermaker, Ben Harmon who couldn't wait any longer for a cure and ended up dying to cancer. This news changed Tyler's outlook.

"Everyone has a story, there just needs to be someone willing to listen to it," said Trent. 

As honorary team captain, Tyler is thinking of everyone in the stands. He's thinking everyone who has or know someone who has cancer.

"Close to 100 percent. Unfortunately," said Trent. 

So, decked out in his Ben Strong shirt and fresh new gold wheel lights. Tyler hopes his opportunity to flip the game coin inspires more than who gets the ball first. He's going to keep raising money for cancer and keep living by one his favorite quotes.

"Because even though I may be dying, until I'm actually dead, I'm still living," said Trent. 

To donate, click here. 

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