Purdue’s Tyler Trent passes away at 20 after cancer battle
CARMEL, Ind. – Tyler Trent has reportedly died after his cancer battle at the age of 20.
The Purdue Cancer Center tweeted the news Tuesday night.
The Purdue alumni inspired millions around the world as his story reached so many people in 2018.
His legacy will live on forever.
He recently partnered with Riley Hospital for Children to create a cancer research endowment in his name. The fund will support the Precision Genomics program. Funds will cover genetic testing for families and aid in research to continue to search for a cure.
Tyler received all of his treatment at Riley Hospital for Children and donated his tumor to the Wells Center for Pediatric Research.
You can donate to the endowment at Rileykids.org/tyler.
A spokesperson at the Riley Foundation said the endowment has raised a little more than $106,000 so far. It began a little before the holiday season last month.
Purdue University established the Tyler Trent Courage and Resilience Award. The scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate students at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus who have encountered adversity in their pursuit of higher education.
Purdue’s vice president for development said Wednesday that close to $300,000 in donations have come in to date in Trent’s name for the recently formed scholarship. The university plans to give out the first funds this upcoming spring.
Purdue also started its own endowment for cancer research. It’s raised roughly $160,000 so far.
The V Foundation, an organization founded by ESPN for cancer research, also has an endowment in Trent’s name. Its brought in approximately $150,000 to date. A spokesperson there said the money will go to research on young adults and adolescents.
At the Cancer Support Community Central Indiana, Trent’s story has been one that leaders in the organization believe have helped spread hope to other Indiana families going through the same challenging times.
“When someone like this gets has cancer and we get have a lot of publicity around it, I think it’s very helpful for people going through this and families going through this,” said Lora Hayes, the executive vice president said.
Hayes said her office saw nearly 6,000 patients or family members of patients during 2018. A record high for the organization.
At the Cancer Support Community Central Indiana, located along W. 71st Street, people battling cancer and their relatives can receive a variety of support, from yoga, to help build their strength and spirit, to counseling and other supportive events.
“Cancer patients, with all the drugs they have while in treatment, sometimes while they are in treatment or even after treatment, they are so tired,” Hayes said. Just because the stress of all the doctor’s appointments. So, we do offer a lot of wellness classes.”
Hayes said news of Trent’s passing doesn’t mean families will give up and the donations likely won’t stop.
“Everyone still has hope,” said Hayes. “I don’t think this makes people give up hope. “They see this person’s life and that makes them more determined.”
Rest In Peace, Tyler.