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Life (Sports), Death...and the Legacy We Leave in the Middle - The Tyler Trent Story

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Together we can UPSET CANCER! 

A portion of every purchase on this website 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 2.6 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


Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15).


Late Tuesday afternoon, January 1, 2019, Tyler Trent joined the mighty band of saints who have gone before. When Tyler stepped into heaven, he was surrounded by his parents, Tony and Kelly Trent, and his brothers Blake and Ethan.


Among those whose love and grief came pouring in with the announcement of his passing, Tyler’s beloved Purdue University immediately issued this statement: 


"First and foremost, we offer our condolences to Tyler's family and friends. While there are no words to ease the hurt at times like this, we hope some comfort can be found in knowing what an inspiration Tyler was to our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans. The entire Purdue Athletics family has been touched by his courageous battle, positive spirit and unwavering faith. Tyler was the embodiment of a true Boilermaker who will live on in each of us. We will forever be #TylerStrong."


This book will give you a deep and inspiring look into the heart of a young man whose short life will leave an indelible mark on the millions who carefully followed his story. 


Tyler’s dream was to raise $1 million for cancer research and for families battling cancer. With every copy of the book sold here, you will share in an investment in Tyler’s bold vision. Thank you. 

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About Tyler

"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.”

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 receives 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.

About Tyler

"This story is remarkable and amazing. The only thing that would make it better is if we didn't have to tell this story to begin with." 


ESPN anchor and author of the foreword

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