Student Walks from Purdue to IU in Memory of Tyler Trent

(BLOOMINGTON) – A junior at Purdue University left West Lafayette Sunday morning and started walking in honor of Tyler Trent to Indiana University Bloomington for a basketball game.

Trent was a Purdue student who fought against osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. In his free time, he was a dedicated fan of Purdue sports and made sure to attend games whenever he could.
Aaron Lai, of Troy, Michigan, says he will walk almost 100 miles to Bloomington for the Purdue vs. IU basketball game on Tuesday.
“Tyler is an inspiration to me because he never let cancer define who he was or the life he would live. His never give up attitude embodied the spirit of being a Boilermaker. His never-give-up attitude is my inspiration to work hard and keep fighting for the things I want to do,” Lai said in a press release.
Trent reminded Lai of his grandfather who had lung cancer.
“My Grandfather lived on his terms despite the terminal illness and never gave up the fight,” Lai said on a GoFundMe page. “Going to the same school with Tyler and seeing his tremendous spirit and energy motivated me to plan this event.”
Lai hoped to raise at least $10,000 for the Tyler Trent’s Cancer Research Endowment, which funds cancer research at the Purdue University Center of Cancer Research. As of this afternoon, he surpassed his goal with $11,480 raised so far.
All donations will be matched by the Walther Cancer Foundation, according to the GoFundMe page.