WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Tyler Trent's fighting spirit and inspiring message continue to be heard around the country.
The Purdue Superfan was honored posthumously Tuesday evening with the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE award at the Sports Humanitarian Awards.
It honors those who have a positive influence throughout the world using the power of sports.
"This is Tyler's dream," said Tyler's father, Tony Trent.
Tyler's dream is to be on the big stage; a stage like the ESPYS.
"I wish Tyler could see what his life did for other people," said Tony.
Tyler had a dream to become a journalist at Purdue University and write captivating stories. He wanted to offer his good to the world.
'There's so much good happening and wish people would just grasp a hold it," said Tony.
Tyler grasped that while going through chemo at the hospital.
"He would literally watch Jimmy V's speech and Stuart Scott's speech almost every night," said Tony.
"When you die it does not mean you lose to cancer," said Stuart Scott in his 2014 ESPYS Jimmy V acceptance speech. "You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live."
The manner in which Tyler lived was using his war with cancer to encourage, to strengthen to fight.
Rik Zortman knows that fight all too well. His 3-year-old son lost his battle with brain cancer in 2009.
The 45-year-old Iowa man visited Indiana for the first time in his life Tuesday.
He runs routes and tracks them through GPS for kids and adults battling cancer.
In his route, Tuesday, he spelled out the name Tyler for Tyler Trent.
"As of Tuesday, I have done 800 names," said Zortman.
Name 799 was 21-year-old Tyler Trent.
"Whatever name it is, I feel honored to do that," said Zortman. "My son had a saying that cancer is yucky. It's just one of those things where it's a dirty six letter word that people do not want to discuss.
But, it's exactly what Tyler wanted to discuss. It's the reason why Tony said his son meant so much to so many people.
"We get the comment, man I wish I would have met Tyler or man I wish I could have been a part of his life," said Tony.
The Trent's are receiving $100,000 along with the award.
Fifty-thousand dollars will go toward Riley Hospital for Children and $25,000 will go to both Purdue's Center for Cancer Research and the Jimmy V Foundation.
The Sports Humanitarian Awards were presented Tuesday, but will be live on ESPN July 18th at 7 p.m.
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