WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—One year ago, the Tyler Trent Endowment was created at the Purdue Center for Cancer Research. Now, News 18 is checking in on how much money has been raised since.
Tyler Trent died on News Years Day after a battle with Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Before Trent passed, he made a goal for his endowment.
Trent's goal was to to raise $1 million in the first year. News 18 reported that goal was made by late January, just weeks after Trent died.
But things were only getting started.
As of October 2019, the Tyler Trent Endowment has raised $2 million in just one year.
This is all thanks to many individual and group donors, as well as the Walther Cancer Foundation, an Indianapolis-based organization.
The Walther Cancer Foundation matches every single dollar donated to Trent's Endowment. Anyone who donates in Tyler Trent's name is getting those funds matched, dollar-for-dollar, at 100 percent.
Jerry Alberts, Chief Development Officer at the Purdue Center for Cancer Research, explained Trent's Endowment has raised the most money at a faster pace than any other endowment at the Center for Cancer Research.
He said it's also had the most national impact.
"The outpouring of interest from groups, from individuals, has just been a tremendous generator of interest and dollars to help beat cancer," Alberts said. "We're very, very appreciative of all they do."
All the money donated to Trent's Endowment goes to finding the cause and cure for cancer. There are no overhead costs for research.
Alberts went on to say Trent's support is unmatched, and the entire nation embraced all he was doing for cancer research.
"We have had a tremendous response all over the country," Alberts said. "Certainly the 'Hammer Down Cancer' game this year against [Vanderbilt] was on his birthday. We had Tyler towels and we want to keep his spirit and legacy alive. In fact that's something we want to do as a tradition."
Trent's legacy will live on forever, and so will his endowment at the Purdue Center for Cancer Research. Officials say the fundraising efforts won't stop unless people stop giving.
To donate to the Tyler Trent Endowment at the Purdue Center for Cancer Research, click here.
The Purdue Center for Cancer Research is hosting a new event this spring. On the evening of April 18th, a fundraising dinner will be held where all proceeds will benefit Trent's Endowment. That's the same day as the Annual Challenge 5-K Run/Walk.
To register for The Challenge 5K Run/Walk, click here.
News 18 will provide information on the fundraising dinner when it becomes available.