Group plans Savior's Serenade for Carmel man fighting cancer

Tyler Trent
Tyler Trent Serenade of Support
Serenade of Support
Honoring Tyler Trent

CARMEL, Ind. (WTHR) - A few hundred people filled a front yard in Carmel Tuesday night to voice support for a 20-year-old Purdue student in home hospice care. Tyler Trent's bone cancer can no longer be treated. But the impact he has made during his battle was evident at the worship and prayer service in the Springs Crossing neighborhood.

"We're here to focus on the celebration that you're here with him and that you have a promise for us that's much better than anything we can ever experience in this world," prayed Brad Baxter to open the Savior's Serenade, a show of love for people fighting cancer.

People sang for about a half-hour and held handmade signs with bible verses and encouraging messages while Trent sat in a wheelchair on the front stoop surrounded by his family.

"We hope that it gives him a memory, a good memory, a positive memory in the midst of a tough battle," said Steve Hatchel, who offered the closing prayer. "Something to remember that takes away the focus on the cancer but more focuses on the love that was surrounding him during the time."

"Definitely overwhelming the fact that all those people would show up for me, and all those people knew who I was and had heard of my story and were at least somehow touched by my story in some way, shape or form," said Trent. "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."

The Purdue sophomore has touched many people with his faith, courage and attitude during his four-year battle with osteosarcoma. The rare bone cancer led to shoulder reconstruction in 2014 and pelvis reconstruction in 2017 just before he started college. Another tumor developed on Trent's spine earlier this year and can no longer be treated.

Since announcing last month that he could not return to Purdue, Trent was awarded his degree, the football team delivered a game ball from a win at Nebraska, and he received the inaugural Purdue Alumni Impact Award.

"The Lord is moving, and my story has definitely had an impact on people in the way that I prayed it would," said Trent.

Trent was an honorary captain for the Purdue season opener against Northwestern. He hopes to be healthy enough to attend the October 20 game against Ohio State.

Hatchel delivered a closing prayer for the Trent family at the serenade.

"Lord, just let them know that they have thousands and thousands of supporters who love them, who are here for them, and who everyday are praying for them."

Tyler's father, Tony Trent, thanked everyone for coming and asked for their ongoing prayers for the family.

Tyler hopes people see beyond a sad story of young man stricken by cancer.

"I'd love for them to see the glory of the Lord, and the fact that even through hardship, blessings come from it because that's what I take out of it. I've been blessed immensely even through extreme hardship."

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