WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Aaron Lai now has a new pair of kicks to walk around campus in. That is, if he can.
Lai, still recovering from his 100 mile walk for Tyler Trent, was given a new pair of tennis shoes from Purdue Athletics before the Boilermaker and Illini basketball game Wednesday night.
— Purdue Athletics (@PurdueSports) February 27, 2019
When Lai finished his walk, he raised more than $18,000 for Tyler Trent's Cancer Research Endowment. As of Wednesday night, the last day to donate, the fund raised more than $25,000.
Lai's original goal was $10,000. Every dollar raised will be matched by The Walther Cancer Foundation.
In a text message to News 18 a few days after the walk, Lai said he was very sore and could barely walk. However, he said he would never forget what he and others were able to do for Tyler.
WATCH: This is our entire story of @alai2016's 100 mile walk from WL to Bloomington for @theTylerTrent, from training to arriving at Assembly Hall. Aaron, you are incredible! Thank you for letting me tell your story. $22k (and counting) raised for cancer research! @WLFI (1/2) pic.twitter.com/FWh4DxOYgK
— Trevor Peters (@TrevorPetersTV) February 20, 2019