My Research Legacy

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Tyler Trent, Carmel, Ind.

Everyone has a story. There just needs to be someone willing to listen to that story.

I was born and raised in Carmel, Ind. I’ve been a die-hard sports fan for pretty much my entire life. I have been studying at Purdue University, which just presented me with an Associate of Science degree.

I’m not going to sit here and say, ‘Life isn’t fair to me’ because I got osteosarcoma three times. I’d rather go out and do something about it. 

I told my doctors that there wasn’t any way that I was going to miss starting college. In August of 2017, a week and six days before classes started at Purdue, they removed my pelvis and my hip. In February, I started having some pain in my back. They did a biopsy and found out that it was a third osteosarcoma tumor growing on my L3 on my spine.

It’s hard for me to see anybody else have to go through this. I would never want to put that on someone else. That’s why research is important. Without research, you’re never going to have a cure.

I dream about Riley having a breakthrough cure for osteoscarcoma in a selfish way because there hasn’t been a breakthrough in such a long time. But any breakthrough that can help a kid walk out of here and be with their family is important to me. I just hate for children to be taken away from their families to soon and not be able to enjoy life here on earth.

I think maybe my drive revolves around the legacy I leave. The chances of me living to see cancer eradicated or us finding a cure are pretty low, but maybe 100 years down the line my legacy could have an impact on that. 

I’m asking everyone in our community to “Be the Hope NOW” and support Riley research. I believe life is about serving others, and all of us on Earth are a community. 

Not all of us have the knowledge to cure diseases, but we can donate to the people who do.

In partnership with Tyler Trent and his family, we are excited to announce the Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment for Riley Hospital. Funds will cover genetic testing for families and aid in research to continue to search for a cure. Visit to make a donation.  

Tyler Trent passed away on January 1, 2019. We are so thankful we knew him and were touched by his story. 

Tyler Trent

Tyler Trent is a Riley kid who received all of his cancer treatment at Riley Hospital for Children. He is a Sagamore of the Wabash recipient, among many other awards. He also holds the highest Riley Dance Marathon individual fundraising record by raising more than $101,000 for Purdue University Dance Marathon.

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