By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Purdue Boilermakers super fan Tyler Trent died on New Year’s Day. He was 20-years-old.
He had been suffering from a rare form of bone cancer. He had been battling Osteosarcoma, which is a type of cancer that begins in the cells that form bones. According to the American Cancer Society, it is the most common type of cancer that starts in the bones.
This type of cancer happens the most in children and young adults. However, teens are the most affected age group. However, Osteosarcoma can happen at any age group. He had beaten this disease previously before it returned in September.
Trent had been battling cancer for the past several months. As he was battling cancer, he inspired so many by the way he acted through his extremely tough time.
“While there are no words to ease the hurt at times like this, we hope some comfort can be found in knowing what an inspiration Tyler is to our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans,” the Purdue Athletics statement said. “The entire Purdue Athletics family has been touched by his courageous battle, positive spirit and unwavering faith. Tyler was the embodiment of a true Boilermaker, who will live on in each of us. We will forever be #TylerStrong.”
On Friday, he attended his last Boilermakers game. Indianapolis Owner Jim Irsay allowed the family to use his private plane to travel from Carmel, Indiana to Nashville, Tennessee to see the game.
Trent took in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium. The Auburn Tigers defeated his Boilermakers, 63-14.
He was the honorary bowl captain for the Music City Bowl. He went on the field for the pregame coin toss.
This was one of many football games and events he took in during the final months of his life. He received the Disney Spirit Award at the College Football Awards Show on Dec. 6th.
Trent had his story shared on ESPN in October. He even foreshadowed a win over the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Before the game, the Boilermakers, who were a two-touchdown underdog, defeated the Buckeyes in a blowout.
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