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Purdue 'working on' campus memorial for Tyler Trent

In a one-on-one interview with News 18, Daniels said university officials are "centering on" one idea presented.

Posted: Feb. 1, 2019 12:12 PM
Updated: Feb. 1, 2019 12:37 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University is "working on ideas" for a physical campus memorial to honor Tyler Trent, according to President Mitch Daniels.

In a one-on-one interview with News 18, Daniels said university officials are "centering on" one idea presented. He said more specific details of the memorial will be released soon.

Tyler died on New Year's Day after his battle with Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. He captivated the hearts of the world for his positive spirit and platform to fight the disease.

Daniels couldn't go into specifics about the memorial, such as if it would be a statue, but did say there were many great suggestions for what it could look like.

"I think it is entirely appropriate," said Daniels. "Now, it is just a matter of trying to determine the best and most tasteful and appropriate way to remember him."

Purdue fans on Twitter have suggested a statue outside Ross-Ade Stadium where Tyler camped out for the Michigan game in 2017 following a chemo treatment.

"Consider this my official petition to Purdue Sports to build a statue outside Ross-Ade Stadium in honor of Tyler Trent," Corey Ross wrote on Twitter. The tweet has more than 3,500 favorites.

News 18 reached out to the Trent family about the memorial. Tyler's father Tony said he hadn't heard of anything official, but knew people were talking about a statue outside the stadium that would "always make him first in line." 

In January, The Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment at Purdue reached $1 million dollars in donations.

On Purdue's campus, university icons like Neil Armstrong, Amelia Earhart, John Purdue and John Wooden are all memorialized in bronze. Other landmarks, including the Block P, Hail Purdue Wall, Honor Tracks and The Anvil all represent different initiatives and meanings on campus.

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