WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—The Neon Cactus is hosting its second annual Tyler Trent Fundraiser Thursday night. All the money donated goes straight to the Tyler Trent Endowment at Purdue's Center for Cancer Research.
Even better? The cactus will match the first $5,000 raised! That's on top of the Walther Cancer Foundation's promise to match every donation dollar-for-dollar.
Trent's Endowment goes toward finding the cause and cure for cancer.
Sheila Cochran, owner of the Neon Cactus, said there will be areas located all over the bar for people to donate to his endowment.
Cochran said Tyler touched so many people in so many incredible ways, and this is the Cactus' way of giving back to him.
"It was a worthwhile thing to reach back out to Purdue because Purdue's been doing a lot of research on cancer throughout the years that no one really knew about," she explained. "So this brought a light to that as well."
Cochran went on to say that cancer touches everyone's life at some point. She knows firsthand.
"My mother, my nephew, myself. We understand the disease and we've all been very fortunate, except for my mother, the rest of us are all still here. Tyler fought such a great battle that it was, it was enlightening."
Everyone who donates money will get a Tyler-themed bracelet. The yellow band says "cancer sucks" on one side and "Tyler Strong" on the other.
Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the event will go until 3:00 a.m. It costs $5 to get in.