Former Purdue student Tyler Trent, who has a rare form of bone cancer, became such a national sensation during the Boilermakers’ victory over Ohio State last month that there was a significant rise in donations supporting cancer research.
TYLER STRONG: Purdue student Tyler Trent, who has battled bone cancer and was named team captain of the football team, was on the sidelines Saturday when his Boilermakers upset Ohio State University – a result he had predicted. @JohnDonvan #AmericaStrong https://t.co/KsOGIrtk0N pic.twitter.com/F06vPV7ba4
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) October 22, 2018
Now the 20-year-old Trent will have his own bobblehead, with a portion of the proceeds from each sale going to cancer research.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 15, 2018
The bobbleheads, which feature Tyler in the Purdue blazer with the Purdue logo on the side of his head, are available for pre-order in the Hall of Fame and Museum’s online store.
The bobbleheads cost $30 each plus a flat rate shipping charge of $8 per order and are expected to arrive in February, according to the news release. Each bobblehead will be individually numbered and come in a collector’s box.
The bobbleheads, which are being produced by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, are officially licensed by Purdue University and are being produced in conjunction with Tyler Trent and his family, the release said.
“We were thrilled that Tyler loved the idea for a #TylerStrong bobblehead as much as we did, as we think it’s the perfect way to honor him while also raising funds for cancer research and increasing awareness about cancer,” Phil Sklar, Co-Founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, said. “So many people across the world have been touched by Tyler’s story and we think this bobblehead is the perfect way to celebrate Tyler and everything he stands for.”
Trent said when he was contacted by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame, the idea of being a bobblehead “creeped him out” a bit, but the cause behind the figurine was all worth it.
This is pretty awesome!