By Heather Lusk
Celebrating the end of the school year while supporting cancer research, the annual School’s Out 5K will benefit the Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment.
Trent, a former Purdue student, died from a rare form of bone cancer Jan. 1. The Carmel native became a fixture at Purdue football games, even serving as honorary bowl captain.
Event organizer Jennifer Lowe said she was inspired by Trent and what he started before he died.
Because the event suppors the Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment instead of the American Cancer Society as it has in the past, Lowe said she hopes it will bring together the communities of Carmel and Zionsville.
Kelly Trent, Tyler’s mother, agreed.
“I hope that people continue to be encouraged and inspired by how Tyler lived his life,” she said. “We just want to keep his story alive.”
Kelly Trent also wants to raise awareness for the book about Tyler’s life describing the journey the family endured.
“I wrote the book to help other families understand what it’s like to go through this,” she said.
The Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment will fund cancer research at Purdue University’s Center for Cancer Research. It was started in October to inspire people to donate to cancer research.
The Walther Cancer Foundation has committed to match every dollar donated to the endowment. Kelly Trent estimates that $1.3 million has been matched so far.
The Schools Out 5K is a timed run or 1-mile walk along the Zionsville Rail Trail and through Cobblestone Lakes neighborhood at 6:30 p.m. May 23. Walkers and runners will start at the Zionsville United Methodist Church. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and is $20 per individual or $75 per family. The fee includes a T-shirt.