This past month, January 1st, Purdue University superfan, Tyler Trent, passed away from Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that he has battled for five years now. Trent had inspired many throughout his 20 years on this earth and has touched the many lives who have been affected by cancer.
Back in the summer of 2014, Trent discovered that he had cancer while he was playing a game of ultimate frisbee. Suddenly, his upper arm snapped in two, due to the osteosarcoma eating away at his shoulder bones. Doctors were able to remove the mass from his shoulder area, replacing his elbow with titanium, leaving Trent with chemotherapy to combat the cancer. After many rounds of chemo, he was declared cancer free and was excited to attend Purdue University to major in sports commentator.
Unfortunately, fast forward to spring of 2017 where Trent was a second semester freshman, the cancer came back but this time located in his pelvis and his hip. Trent went through multiple tumor removal procedures in which they were able to remove the tumor. Later, Trent donated the tumor to Riley Hospital where they hoped to find a breakthrough in scoping the aggressive cancerous cells.
The cancer returned in March of 2018 in his spine, a location doctors could not operate on, forcing him to quit school at Purdue University. He received his associates degree from Purdue’s Polytechnic Institute in early October.
Trent’s story and time on this earth gained global recognition. Trent’s story inspired millions of people, has been the topic of ESPN and he even got asked to speak at ESPN Global Awards which shows how much of an impact he has had on this earth. Trent has made an everlasting impact on cancer research and he will always remain a true fan of Purdue University athletics.
Trent wrote a book about his five-year journey through cancer and how his life was affected by the disease. “The Upset” is the name of his book which a portion of every purchase will be donated to cancer research in Trent’s name. Also, Trent formed an organization called Teens with a Cause, that gives teens opportunities of service and projects that help the lives and families affected by cancer (mowing the lawn, raking the leaves, shoveling the snow).
Although Trent is no longer on the Earth physically, his spirit, courage and his wisdom will forever live on with the millions of people he has impacted. May he rest in peace.