INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Latest on the funeral service for Purdue
University superfan and cancer activist Tyler Trent (all times
Hundreds of dignitaries, sports figures and other people have
attended the funeral for Purdue University superfan and cancer
activist Tyler Trent.
In a sanctuary of an Indianapolis church featuring many items of
sports memorabilia collected by Trent, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb
read a message Monday evening from Vice President Mike Pence and
his wife, Karen. Holcomb said the state and the nation were
inspired by Trent’s courage and bravery fighting the bone cancer
that took his life Jan. 1.
Many speakers cited Trent’s deep faith. Purdue quarterback David
Blough said Trent would want the evening ”to be all about Jesus.”
Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm attended with many members of the
Purdue football team wearing black jerseys.
The Boilermaker Special locomotive mascot was parked outside the
A former Purdue University student who inspired many as he battled
cancer while cheering on Purdue’s football team will be laid to
Tuesday’s funeral service for Tyler Trent will be livestreamed from
College Park Church in Indianapolis.
Trent was 20 when he died Jan. 1 following a battle with a rare
bone cancer he was first diagnosed with at age 15.
He entered Purdue in the fall of 2017 while undergoing chemotherapy
and gained national attention during 2018 by becoming the adopted
captain of the Boilermakers football team.
Trent became a social media star with his positive attitude and
determination to live every day to the fullest.
He earned an associate degree in computer information technology
from Purdue, which will hold a Wednesday evening memorial honoring