Purdue Superfan Tyler Trent, Whose Goal Was to ‘Spread the Love of Christ,’ Dies at 20 From Cancer

Tyler Trent, the Purdue superfan whose story of faith and optimism in the face of death inspired the nation, died Tuesday at the age of 20.

Trent’s battle with a rare form of bone cancer became a national story in October when ESPN’s College Gameday ran a feature on him the same day the Boilermakers upset then-No. 2 and undefeated Ohio State. It was Ohio State’s only loss of the season. Trent was at the game, and “#TylerStrong” soon became a common hashtag on Twitter.

“ESPN was willing to listen to my story,” Trent told Sports Spectrum.

A local news story and the ESPN feature, Trent said, sparked a “snowball effect” of “me having the opportunity of just being able to share my story with … thousands of other people and, not only share my story but share the love of Christ with thousands of other people.”

Trent encouraged people who are inspired by his story to reach out and help others around them.

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Source: Christian Headlines