Colts kicker makes surprise visit to Purdue student battling rare cancer

Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri surprised Tyler Trent with a visit Wednesday. (Photo: Tyler Trent/Twitter)

CARMEL, Ind. (WTHR) - A Carmel man fighting a rare bone cancer got a special visit Wednesday from an NFL star.

Tyler Trent tweeted photos of a visit from Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, thanking the future Hall of Famer for "showing some love and encouragement."

Tyler told Eyewitness News his brother Ethan is an acquaintance of Vinatieri's daughter and set up the visit as a surprise. Vinatieri signed a jersey and football for Tyler, as well.

"Tyler, You are an inspiration to all of us. All the best! You are the man!" he wrote on the jersey.

"To Tyler, I get a 'kick' out of you!'," he signed on the football.

Tyler has been battling osteosarcoma for four years, inspiring others with his faith, courage and attitude during his journey. A sophomore at Purdue, he was awarded his degree from the university after announcing he could not return to the school due to his health. Doctors have said the cancer is no longer treatable.

Members of his Carmel community and his fellow Boilermakers have reached out and supported Tyler. The Purdue football team made him an honorary captain for their game against Northwestern and the school honored him with the inaugural Purdue Alumni Impact Award.

"Just the outpouring of support from everyone, just to see the fact that several hundred people would show up to sing and pray over my family means a lot for sure," Tyler told Eyewitness News earlier this month as members of Savior's Serenade sang and prayed in front of his home.

Tyler requests donations be sent to his Riley Dance Marathon account to fund pediatric cancer research.