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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Mackey area is filling up for tonight's sold-out game against Michigan.
The men's basketball team is getting ready to hammer down on the Wolverines, but before tip-off, fans are getting a chance to Hammer Down cancer.
It helped them get hyped up for tonight's game, but it's also making a difference in the lives of those impacted by cancer.
"My grandma actually died from cancer," said Purdue fan Layne Sanders. "So I think that's something that holds a special place in my heart and it's something we still need to keep giving money to because we still haven't found a cure."
A $5 donation is all that's needed to change someone's life. It's something that's close to the heart of paint crew member and Purdue freshman Tyler Trent.
"Whatever it takes to find a cure and to bring awareness, I'm willing to do," Trent said.
Trent is finishing up chemotherapy after being re-diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer.
It's a battle he first started fighting in 2014, and a battle his grandfather lost his life to Wednesday evening.
"He was my hero so it really just pushes me further to do whatever I can to bring awareness and to try and find a cure for something that tears people apart," he said.
Now he's doing all he can to raise awareness and money for cancer research.
"It's a great cause and you get to take out some frustration as well through all that," Trent added.
Trent serves on the Purdue Cancer Research Center Board. He's hoping to raise thousands through Thursday's hammer down cancer event.
"Anything and everything will go a long ways for sure," said Trent.
If you didn't get a chance to take a swing and smash the wolverine car, you can still donate to the Purdue Cancer Research Center.