On Saturday night, Tyler Trent’s courageous battle against cancer inspired the Purdue Boilermakers to a huge upset over second ranked Ohio State. His story is also impacting lives around the country
Tyler Trent finally got the chance to re-watch the game late Monday at his home in Carmel, indiana.
The 20-year-old, who is battling Osteosarcoma, decided weeks ago that he wanted to attend the Purdue Ohio State game in person.
“Friday, in my mind, there was about a zero percent chance of me going to be able to make the game and next thing you know, i was able to make the game and feeling great, and Purdue was able to pull off a pretty incredible upset,” said Tyler
He made it, despite significant back pain from a tumor on his spine that has left him paralyzed from the waist down.
The Purdue football team has adopted Tyler as a special captain. In fact, Head Coach Jeff Brohm and several players have visited Tyler at his home.
Fans held signs at the game displaying “Hashtag Tyler strong” and yelling out “Cancer Sucks.” The outpouring of support has helped Tyler.
“This was magical, this was a miracle in its own way. It was something that i will remember for the rest of my life and hopefully gain strength from it as we continue this hard journey,” said Tony Trent, Tyler’s father.
Now Tyler hopes his heroic journey will help others and he has a vow.
“Continue to give God the glory and raise money for pediatric cancer research because, you know, there are going to be thousands of kids diagnosed with cancer this year and unfortunately, thousands of families that have to go through what we’ve gone through and i, you know, want to see that end,” said Tyler.