WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue University student, and 2022 recipient of the 2022 Tyler Trent Courage and Resilience Award, embodies the many characteristics that the late Tyler Trent exemplified – determination, grit, grace, passion, and of course, courage and resilience.

Magallanes has faced his own battle with cancer – squamous cell carcinoma, an aggressive form of oral cancer – which temporarily halted his time on campus as a student. However, Magallanes didn’t let that stop him. While homebound and enduring chemotherapy, he co-founded a nonprofit called ‘My Fellow Man’ where they would create hygiene kits for people in need. Now, in remission, Magallanes is back on campus to finish what he started – getting that Purdue degree, and continue helping others in the process!

On the latest episode of Full Steam Ahead: A Podcast About Purdue, FOX59’s Adam Bartels talks with Magallanes about his journey at Purdue, his battle with cancer, overcoming it, continuing his career at Purdue, and more!

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Purdue release: Eric Magallanes embodies persistence even in the face of adversity

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