On News Year’s Day of this year, Purdue University lost one of their great leaders after he lost his battle to cancer.
Tyler Trent may not have been the quarterback of the football team or a star athlete, but he was a superfan of Purdue football, a follower of Jesus and cancer activist.
Tyler was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, when he was 15, and he fought the disease for five years.
Although the bone cancer riddled his body for years and he had to have several tumor removals and bone transplants, Tyler studied at Purdue as long as he could and even attended Purdue football games with his friends.
His most recent round of cancer caused Tyler to have to withdraw from classes, but it didn’t stop him from cheering on the Purdue Boilermaker football team.
I first learned about Tyler and his story when a feature was done on him on one of the sports channels. As I was watching the special, I felt tears welling up in my eyes, but also felt a huge sense of pride to be a Boilermaker.
Tyler spent his last few months being an honorary member of the football team and forming a special bond with the coach and players. Right before he passed away, Tyler was able to travel to Nashville, Tennessee, to watch his beloved Boilermakers play in the Music City Bowl.
Even though Purdue didn’t win, Tyler was able to make one more lasting memory and served as honorary captain of the game.