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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.–Purdue superfan and cancer activist Tyler Trent may have passed away, but his legacy lives on in many ways. 

His words are now permanently printed in a book called “The Upset: Life (Sports), Death…and the Legacy We Leave in the Middle.” The book went on sale Tuesday.  

“It’s one of Tyler’s dreams for this book to come to fruition,” said Tony Trent, Tyler’s father, in an interview with WISH-TV. 

The announcement comes on the same day that Purdue University announced that Tyler donated his cancer cells to be used in Purdue’s College of Science for cancer research. 

Tyler’s parents, Tony and Kelly, both say it’s to raise both awareness and money for pediatric cancer research. On the website it says you can help Tyler “fulfill his legacy and reach his goal of raising $1,000,000 for cancer research and families battling cancer by ordering your copy today.” 

“This is just to bring awareness to pediatric cancer. It’s desperately in need. It’s so underfunded,” Tony said. 

The book is written in Tyler’s voice. Tony says when you read it, it sounds exactly like Tyler. Kelly said the book takes you behind the scenes. 

“It’s a very raw, very real story of what we went through in caring for Tyler in the past five years. The cameras capture one thing. The book is that and everything else,” Kelly said.  

Trent died from a rare form of bone cancer January 1, 2019 at the age of 20. 

You can buy the book at or any major outlet where books are sold.