WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Reflections of Tyler Trent's life continued Wednesday night at his alma mater. Purdue University hosted a candlelight vigil outside of Hovde Hall.
Tony and Kelly Trent, Tyler's parents, said they're overwhelmed by all the support. The two are hoping for one thing:
"I hope they find a cure for cancer" said Tony Trent. "Wouldn't that be awesome. If they could take the money that he has raised for his endowment and they can find a cure for cancer. so other families would not have to go through this and no other family would have to lose a child."
Tyler Trent often said some of the hardest days are the most important days. The candlelight vigil was an important day for the community to shine a light on their favorite memories of Tyler.
"I don't have the options to keep him from my memories," said Tyler's childhood friend Anni Osborne. "He will always be there. He will always be there when I drive through home, when I play a game, when I listen to his song, he will always be there in my mind."
"I will always remember him, even to the point where I got it tattooed on my arm how he signs his name just because I want to remember especially his legacy and how much he inspires me especially in not giving up and saying that you really do have a choice," said Tyler's childhood friend Josh Seals.
Tyler's parents said during that fight, there were some things that people didn't know about Tyler.
"We used to joke in high school when his friends would tell us how funny he was," said Kelly Trent. "We were like I didn't know he was that funny. I guess he was so funny."
In high school or college, before or after his Osteosarcoma, Tyler didn't change. He was fighting to help kids, to help anyone who has to go to war with cancer.
"Just like Tyler didn't want to waste his cancer and he wanted to use it for good that would definitely be our prayer,"said Kelly.
The Trent family buried Tyler Trent earlier today at Carmel Cemetery. Tony said he and his wife also have two plots of land next to their son's.
Tyler's Book The Upset is still available for pre order on https://www.tylertrentbook.com. The book will be ready for shipping in the middle of March.