Student’s cancer fight boosts research endowment

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A fundraising campaign honoring Purdue University student Tyler Trent’s battle with cancer has picked up enough support to top the $100,000 mark.

The Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment was set up to support cancer research at Purdue.

Trent, who has a rare form of bone cancer, gained national attention this fall by becoming the adopted captain of the Boilermakers football team. He was in a wheelchair for Purdue’s upset win over Ohio State, which was ranked No. 2 at the time.

Purdue Center for Cancer Research development officer Tim Bobillo tells the (Lafayette) Journal & Courier the Trent fund has attracted more than 230 donors. It has contributions and pledges topping $58,000, which are being matched by the Walther Cancer Foundation of Indianapolis.