January 8, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 3 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
HONORING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF TYLER TRENT, A PURDUE BOILERMAKER; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 3
(Extensions of Remarks - January 08, 2019)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E19-E20] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF TYLER TRENT, A PURDUE BOILERMAKER ______ HON. SUSAN W. BROOKS of indiana in the house of representatives Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Mrs. BROOKS of Indiana. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the life and legacy of Tyler Trent, a twenty-year-old Purdue University student journalist and super fan who devoted his all too short life to inspiring and helping others. He recently lost his battle with cancer as 2019 began. Tyler Trent is now a name known in households across the nation for his love of Purdue football and his inspiring passion and energy as a fan. The people of Indiana's Fifth Congressional District are forever grateful for Tyler's significant impact on Purdue University, the State of Indiana, and our nation. Tyler was a life-long Hoosier, a native of Carmel, Indiana and son of Tony and Kelly Trent. The oldest of three brothers, he was always described as a special kid who ``stood out'' his entire life. This maturity would follow Tyler throughout his life as he faced three consecutive battles with osteosarcoma or bone cancer, starting at the age of 15. Determined not to let cancer impede his dreams of attending Purdue University, Tyler graduated from high school and scored in the 1500s on the SAT. His hard work and dedication to success earned him the Presidential Scholarship to Purdue in early 2017. This scholarship is awarded to individuals with high academic achievement, leadership, and service in their school or community. Determined to not let cancer dictate his life, Tyler began college at Purdue University in the fall of 2017. Unwavering in his dream to be a Boilermaker and become a national sports writer, Tyler attended class during the week and returned home on the weekends for cancer treatment at Riley Hospital for Children. His remarkable spirit was evidenced by his unwillingness to let cancer impede his passion for Boilermaker football, attending Purdue football games and cheering on his favorite team whenever possible. His passion was quickly recognized by Coach Jeff Brohm, who admired his fight and inability to quit. When asked about his future, Tyler stated, ``The immediate future in my mind . . . Purdue beats number two-ranked Ohio State.'' And they did. He also earned the position of honorary team captain. The team often credited Tyler for their wins, particularly the Old Oaken Bucket game. Ever committed to his Boilermakers, he attended his last game while in hospice care. Beyond Tyler's love of sports was a love of doing good. Even as he battled osteosarcoma, Tyler thought of others, forming an organization called Teens With a Cause where he raised over $100,000 for pediatric cancer research. The organization recruited kids to do service projects for families affected by cancer, such as raking leaves, shoveling snow and running errands. Tyler also volunteered with the Purdue Dance Marathon, which raises money for Riley Hospital for Children and the Purdue Center for Cancer Research. Committed to advancing research and curing his cancer, Tyler donated the tissue from his tumor for research, one of the first osteosarcoma patients at Riley to do so. When speaking about tissue donation, Tyler said ``I feel like I'm getting to view my legacy come to life. I'm incredibly thankful that I'm getting to see the impact tissue donation is having. Most people don't get to live long enough to see their impact but I'm getting blessed with that.'' A true testament to his outstanding character, Tyler was the subject of ESPN features and received the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest Hoosier honor bestowed by Governor Holcomb. In December 2018, he was the recipient of Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award, given annually to college football's most inspirational individual or team. When Tyler received that award, he said, ``At the end of the day, there's always a light at the end of the tunnel and as long as you rely on your faith, things will work out.'' Finally, Tyler wrote an autobiography entitled The Upset: Life, Sports, Death, and the Legacy in Between, The `TYLER STRONG' Story, with a portion of every purchase being donated to cancer research in Trent's name. It is with that optimistic and positive outlook on life that Tyler was able to inspire the nation. He has united Americans far and wide to be Boilermakers. Tyler will be forever missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and the entire Purdue community. I hope we can all live every day as he did: #Tyler Strong. On behalf of Indiana's Fifth Congressional District, I extend my deepest condolences to Tyler's parents, Tony and Kelly Trent, his two brothers, [[Page E20]] Ethan and Blake, and his extended family and friends who mourn his loss. Tyler's inexplicable ability to find good in every situation will continue to inspire the State of Indiana and our nation, now and in the future. ____________________