On November 9th, I will be participating in my 4th and final Dance Marathon, here at Purdue University. PUDM raises money for Riley Hosiptal for Children and the Herman B. Wells Center for Cancer Research located at Riley. This year, I am dedicating my last marathon to my friend, and inspiration - Tyler Trent.
Tyler and I met through PUDM, at the beginning of his freshman year and my sophomore year when we were placed on the Riley Relations committee. Tyler, was a patient at Riley and credits them for the treatment and resources needed to fight his battle with cancer. Tyler was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer at the age of 15. Tyler fought cancer not once, not twice, but THREE times.
Tyler may have had cancer, but he NEVER let that slow him down. He got involved on campus, becoming a reporter for the student newspaper, and attended every single Purdue game possible (even famously camping out for one!). He raised money for cancer research, and listened to other people's stories. He always made time for his family & friends, often sending goofy snapchats and memes, and would often debate with me the pro's and cons of chipotle's queso.
In the last months of his life, my friend, selflessly asked what he could do for others. Tyler worked tirelessly to raise awareness and money for cancer research, so that one day future generations will know a world without cancer.
Tyler passed away on January 1st, 2019.
I will never stop donating to cancer research or raising awareness for it. Like many others, I will carry Tyler's legacy and fight with me every single day.
Research saves lives. EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR COUNTS.
For every dollar donated, it is in turn matched by $12 in federal funding.
We all say that we wish there was a cure for cancer, NOW is the time & your chance to make a difference in ensuring that one day comes sooner rather than later.
This year it is my goal to raise $10,000 for cancer research, I hope you will join me in not only honoring my friend Tyler, but all those who have fought before him, those who continue to fight, and the researchers that are working every day in pursuit of a cure.
Just click on the "support me" button to make a donation. Every little bit helps. Then, please pass this on to anyone else who you think may want to help this cause.
"Everyone has a story, there just needs to be someone willing to listen to it" - Tyler Trent