Earlier in the game between Purdue and Ohio State at Ross-Ade Stadium, a “Cancer Sucks” chant broke out. It wasn’t a random occurrence, but a planned chant to honor Purdue student and super fan Tyler Trent.
CANCER SUCKS. #Purdue student section replacing the traditional IU sucks chant at kickoff with cancer sucks in honor of @theTylerTrent and others like him battling the disease. Pretty cool. #TylerStrong pic.twitter.com/D4GT5t0xLA
— Taylor Tannebaum (@TaylorTannebaum) October 20, 2018
Trent, a Purdue freshman, has served as an inspiration for the entire Purdue community this year.
In April, Trent was diagnosed with a former of bone cancer called Osteosarcoma, his second bout with a form of cancer during his life.
This morning, he was the subject of a feature on College GameDay.
Purdue student and super fan Tyler Trent fought hard to become a Boilermaker.
Now, as he battles bone cancer, his Purdue football family is fighting for him.
— ESPN (@espn) October 20, 2018
During the game, Trent was interviewed from his box seats by ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, and spoke glowingly about the team. He has a Purdue ‘P’ logo shaved into the side of his head, and is wearing a pretty serious Purdue-themed jacket.
— ESPN (@espn) October 21, 2018
— Tyler Trent ? (@theTylerTrent) October 20, 2018
Just a month ago, Trent tweeted that he would not be returning to Purdue, after his health took a poor turn. He is currently in hospice care, but was able to make it back to West Lafayette for this huge game.
If this is the last time Tyler Trent is able to make it to Purdue, he got to see one of the biggest wins in recent Boilermakers football history.
The team just went up 42-20, on an unbelievable catch and run by superstar freshman Rondale Moore.
After an 0-3 start to the year, Purdue appears set to advance to 4-3, and looks like one of the most fun teams in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers are also about to have a win against No. 2 under their belt.
And there isn’t one person in the stadium thinking about Tyler Trent right now.