Spring 2021 Magazine

Bobblehead of Purdue's Tyler Trent will raise money for charity, cancer research

There might not be a sports fan more inspiring than Tyler Trent, the former Purdue student who’s become a national story in his fight with terminal bone cancer.

Now people can show how much they’re fans of Trent.

As ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported, Milwaukee’s Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has partnered with Trent and Purdue University to make and sell a bobblehead of the inspiring 20-year-old fan. Cancer research saw a spike in funding following Trent’s support of the Boilermakers during Purdue’s win over Ohio State in October, per Rovell, and now even more donations are expected thanks to the bobbleheads, which will be sold for $30.

The Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment at Purdue will receive $2 from the proceeds of each one sold, according to Rovell, while The V Foundation for Cancer Research will get $3 for each purchase.

 

“Tyler’s bobblehead is somewhat new territory, but it’s very similar to many of our other successful bobbleheads like Sister Jean, where people feel a strong connection to the person and their message,” Phil Sklar, founder of the museum, told ESPN.

Trent has since said he’s humbled by the bobblehead, and the former student has time and again credited God for providing during his trying times. The Purdue sensation recently cited 1 Thessalonians 5:18-20 as inspiration:

“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies.”

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