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Tyler Trent's Legacy

Tyler Trent's life is one that will be forever be remembered around the country especially at Purdue.

Posted: Jan 3, 2019 1:06 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Tyler Trent's life is one that will be forever be remembered around the country especially at Purdue.

At News 18 we wanted to take the time to remember his life.


We also spoke to community members and Purdue Athletics to hear how his legacy will leave an impact.

"What am i doing to lift other people up and what am I doing to to make sure I'm listening to other people's stories?" asked Tyler Trent.


It's story heard around the world. Tyler Trent. He is a brave and bold Boilermaker.

He was first diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at 15 years old. He battled bone cancer three times before passing away at the age of 20 on New Year's Day. It was a day his parents knew would come.

"I think to myself, here I am in my fifties and I've never lived my life as impactful as Tyler has and I think in my mind that's a life well-lived," said Tyler's father Tony Trent.

Tyler's life is one nobody will ever forget, especially at his Alma Mater Purdue University.

"It's easy to root for Tyler Trent," said Senior Associate Athletics Director Tom Schott. "I mean I don't care if you're a sports fan or not. People started rooting for Tyler because of his story and what he was doing for the betterment of society and what a powerful powerful tool that is."

Tyler used his platform as a fighter to raise money and awareness for pediatric research. He alone would raise over one-hundred thousand dollars for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. It's the same hospital where he began treatment, which sparked the community to help the Trent family.

"It just makes us feel so loved," said Tony.

"Words really aren't adequate," said Tyler's mother Kelly Trent. "You know the love we feel from the community and it really is part of what helps us see our days through right now. That love is priceless."

It's a love that continues to pour in from coaches, players, and even fans.

"I appreciate his faith," said the Tyler Trent fan Dennis Runner. "I share the same faith and it's been really awesome. I lost my dad about three years ago to Leukemia so it was just pretty heart-warming to see the opportunities he got."

He had opportunities from witnessing and predicting Purdue's win over then second-ranked Ohio State, to receiving the Sagamore of the Wabash Award and the Disney spirit Award to transforming the culture at Purdue.

"He definitely changed this campus for sure and I don't think anyone can really have disrespect for that like students everywhere are all reaching out to him and his family," said Tyler Trent fan Abbey Prilliman. "We are all on the same page like cancer sucks."

Cancer sucks and hashtag Tyler Strong. It's a sentiment to how tough, mature and grateful he was as he knew his life was coming to an end. A life that was cut too short, but a life that will be immortalized at Purdue.

"We'll certainly make sure he is not forgotten," said Schott. "No one will forget Tyler Trent. We want to make sure that there's at least one if not more tangible ways that's he's remembered here on campus."

Whether it's on campus or around the world, Tyler Trent's life has brought meaning to others but none more than his parents'.

"Our life is created to live eternally and so that helps me to know that someday I'll get to spend eternity with my child again," said Tony and Kelly.

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