Tyler Trent Foundation
The Tyler Trent Foundation is dedicated to continuing Tyler’s mission to support pediatric cancer research & honor his memory.
About The Tyler Trent Foundation
“My drive revolves around the legacy I leave. The chances of my living to see cancer eradicated, or our finding a cure, are pretty low, but hopefully one hundred years down the line, maybe my legacy will have an impact towards that goal.”
The Tyler Trent Foundation is a Section 501(c) (3) charitable organization, EIN 83-4478971. All donations are deemed tax-deductible absent any limitations on deductibility applicable to a particular taxpayer. No goods or services are provided in exchange for your contribution.
Tyler Trent is a legendary Purdue fan with a story of courage and hope that inspired and captivated a nation throughout his battle with the rare bone cancer osteosarcoma. Relentless in his battle and driven by his fandom for the Boilermakers, Tyler managed to attend classes and games, and never allowed cancer to prevent him from living out his dreams in sports journalism and serving others.
Tyler was committed to sharing his story to raise money to eradicate the disease and improve the lives of others who face a similar battle. He rose to national recognition and used his platform to encourage fans to donate to cancer research – raising more than $3 Million for The Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment at Purdue University, Riley Children’s Hospital and the V Foundation for Cancer Research.
Established in 2019, The Tyler Trent Foundation is dedicated to continuing Tyler’s mission to support cancer research and honoring his memory by improving the lives of others who are challenged by the same disease.
Tyler Trent was a 20-year old Carmel, IN native. He was awarded a Presidential Scholarship to attend Purdue University and earned an associate’s degree in computer information technology. At the age of 15, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone disease.
Tyler founded Teens with a Cause, which recruits young people to perform service projects for families affected by cancer. At Purdue, he joined the Dance Marathon Club, a student organization that raises funds and awareness for Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, where he received treatment. He also worked as a sports writer for The Exponent, Purdue’s student newspaper, and has written columns for The Indianapolis Star, the morning daily newspaper in Indianapolis, IN.
As the first student member of the Director’s Advancement Board of the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research, Tyler helped raise cancer awareness with a younger audience. In 2017 and 2018, he was the Honorary Captain for Purdue’s Hammer Down Cancer football game, which raises funds for the center.
Tyler bravely took on leadership roles during his last days in hospice and battling cancer. He raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer research through Riley Children’s Hospital, The Tyler Trent Purdue Endowment for Cancer Research, and The V Foundation for Cancer Research. He also worked for the Indianapolis Colts organization as a Data Analyst.
News & Events
WTHR News Coverage of the 2022 Tyler Trent Memorial Golf Outing https://www.wthr.com/article/news/local/tyler-trent-purdue-superfan-cancer-research-annual-golf-classic/531-70541f6d-a00c-4ec3-83ea-c285424b0c66
Remembering Tyler Trent, the inspiring Purdue fan
Video courtesy of ABC News
The Tyler Trent Student Gate at Purdue University
Awards & Honors
In the end, Tyler only had a short time to accomplish his goals and chase his dreams. Certainly, these changed as his cancer progressed. We fully believe because of Tyler’s faith and obedience to his calling of proclaiming God’s goodness in the face of adversity and impending death, God honored Tyler and provided many platforms and avenues for him to in return honor God. Tyler was abundantly blessed! Here are some of the awards and honors…
Flag was flown over the nation’s capital for 3 hours after Tyler passed away
Congress woman Susan Brooks spoke on the house floor about Tyler's life & character
Tyler received letters and phone calls from the President and Vice President of the United States
A Bobblehead was created with Tyler's image wearing a Purdue jacket and saying “cancer sucks” & his bible verse. Later it went into the Bobble head museum.
Tyler received the Disney Spirit Award in Atlanta Georgia where every major college coach and player came up and personally spoke to him
Tyler appeared on the TV show: Inside the NBA with Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaq
Tyler received an ESPY Award called the Stuart Scott inspire award with $100,000 peruse that we donate to cancer research
Tyler was awarded the ESPN Kirk Herbstreit’s Herbie Award for sports moment of the year
Purdue Football now has the Tyler Trent Captains Award in remembrance of Tyler.
Tyler earned his Associates Degree in Data Analytics from Purdue University
Tyler was awarded the Patrick Mackey Courage Award
Tyler was awarded the Purdue Alumni Impact Award
Tyler served as a captain at the Music City Bowl game
Tyler was inducted into the Boiler Business Exchange Hall of Fame
Professional Football players across the nation put Tyler on their cleats
Awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash Award given to him by Gov Holcomb. This is the highest award given to a civilian in the state of Indiana
Tyler was awarded the Hero in the Heartland Award
Tyler was able to raise over 3 million dollars in life and death with different endowments. One with Purdue Center for Cancer Research, and the other The Tyler Trent Foundation
A scholarship was created at Purdue University in Tyler's honor, The Tyler Trent Courage and Resilience award, given to a student who embodies a similar spirit in the face of adversity
Life (Sports), Death…and the Legacy We Leave in the Middle – The Tyler Trent Story
A portion of every book purchased on TylerTrentBook.com will be donated to cancer research in Tyler Trent’s name…and to help families facing cancer.
Most people never see their legacy come to pass while they are still alive. However, Tyler was able to see his book launched on December 28, 2018.
Since the release of The Upset, Tyler has raised over 3 million dollars for cancer research.
Thank you for helping Tyler fulfill his legacy and reach his goal! Every ordered book will include a limited edition bookmark with an autograph and special message from Tyler, only available at TylerTrentBook.com.