INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Tony and Kelly Trent sat in the lobby of the Wells Center for Pediatric Research in downtown Indianapolis signing copies of the “The Upset” book that their 20-year-old son and Purdue superfan authored in the final weeks of his life.
Tyler Trent’s parents officially launched the book release Tuesday morning.
"We want them to see that the journey that Tyler went through was really, for a lack of terms, a horrific journey,” said Tony. “He kept his faith and his attitude and his smile through the whole journey."
"Tony and I feel a great responsibility to carry on, to be Tyler's voice, to be the voice for the other kids who maybe don't have this platform,” said Kelly.
Tyler gained national attention after predicting Purdue's football upset of Ohio State last fall. That gave him a platform to share his faith and his passion for cancer research.
Researchers at the Wells Center for pediatric research took Tony and Kelly upstairs to the laboratory Tuesday for a look in the microscope and an update on the work done since Tyler first donated his osteosarcoma tumors two years ago.
"The miracle isn't necessarily that Tyler was healed physically,” said Kelly. “But what we're doing today is. His story continues. His legacy continues, his awareness for cancer research."
"Knowing the hurt and the pain of what another parent is going to go through two minutes from now, because two minutes from now another child is going to be diagnosed with cancer,” said Tony. “That is a really hard thing. So, I don't want that to happen to another parent."
The Purdue Center for Cancer Research has also announced three new collaborative research initiatives involving Tyler’s donated cancer cells.