Terminal cancer patient Tyler Trent overcame all odds and made it to Purdue University’s game against Ohio State on Sunday.
Trent is a dedicated Boilermaker fan and Purdue alum who has been battling bone cancer for several years. In a stunning upset, Tyler’s team managed to secure a win against Ohio, beating the Buckeyes 49-20.
“At the end of the day. All glory goes to God, without him there is no way I was going to make the game yesterday,” Tyler posted to Twitter after the game. “From having to have emergency surgery at the beginning of the week to throwing up all day Friday. – 1st Thes. 5:18-20 all day long!”
— Purdue Athletics (@PurdueSports) October 17, 2018
1 Thessalonians 5:18 simply reads, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” — an incredible verse to hold on to in the midst of such a trying battle against an ugly disease.
Speaking to his team after the game, Tyler said, “Thanks for leaving your heart out on the field and showing the nation what being a Boilermaker is all about.”
— ESPN (@espn) October 21, 2018
Trent told ESPN that it was “such a blessing” to make it to the game, particularly considering he had been extremely unwell in the days leading up to it. He said that just to be present in the stands brought on “a wave of emotions, especially to see all the support and the signs from everyone.”
And boy did he have a lot of people behind him Sunday. Signs and banners declaring “Tyler Strong” could be spotted all around the vast stadium.
Boilermakers come in all shapes and sizes, ethnicities and nationalities, ages and incomes. Saturday brings us together and tonight we unite in support of one of our own.
— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) October 20, 2018
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
“It has been incredible,” Tyler added of the once-in-a-lifetime occasion.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) October 21, 2018
A long-term osteosarcoma battler, Trent previously had two years free from cancer, before the disease returned just prior to his enrollment at Purdue on a Presidential scholarship. According to the college website, a Presidential scholarship is awarded to those who can demonstrate “high academic achievement; leadership and service in school/community.”
As part of his treatment, Trent had to have his pelvis removed. But just 11 days after the surgery, he started attending classes at Purdue.
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) October 21, 2018
Trent has become a key figure in the life of Purdue’s team. Several of the players have visited and prayed with him as he lay in his hospital bed, and the team were again quick to embrace him on game night.
“I love you, man,” quarterback David Blough told the brave fan after Sunday’s game. “I thought about you every time we took the field.”
Trent even had a few words of encouragement for the team following their stunning performance:
Coach Brohm's postgame press conference fittingly began with an opening statement from @theTylerTrent. Coach then went on to talk about how proud he is of his team. #TylerStrong #BoilerUp pic.twitter.com/nOdd5glT94
— Purdue Athletics (@PurdueSports) October 21, 2018
You can see more on Tyler’s story by watching the video below:
Tyler also tweeted out a link to his cancer fundraising page, through which almost $30,000 has been raised. The money will all be donated to “Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health,” according to the page.
Please continue to pray for Tyler as he continues to fight this battle.