Recently deposed ‘Jeopardy!’ champion James Holzhauer donated a part of his prize money to a cancer walk in the name of Alex Trebek, the game’s famous host who is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
The record-setting champ sent a check in the amount of $1109.14–representing his daughter’s birthday– to a Chicago-area pancreatic cancer walk. His accompanying note read: “For Alex Trebek and all the other survivors.”
Ann Zediker told CNN that she was watching Jeopardy and learned that Holzhauer was a former resident of her town near Chicago–Naperville. As a fundraiser for the town’s Pancreatic Cancer Walk on July 14, Zediker thought she’d invite him to participate. Zediker lost her father in 2010 to pancreatic cancer, she told CNN.
“At the end of the day, I had nothing to lose. My heart told me it was the right thing to do,” she said.
“There was no expectation on my end,” she told the network. “I was just thrilled that he responded. I knew that Alex’s story had an impact on him, just like it has an impact on anyone who’s working with a family member who’s going through pancreatic cancer.”
The walk is organized by the Lustgarten Foundation, the largest private source of funds for pancreatic cancer research. Pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates–only 9 percent.
Trebek’s March announcement that he was diagnosed with the disease shocked America and has elevated public awareness of the need for research into finding a cure.
The 78-year-old game-show icon in late May shared some good news with People, saying that his doctors told him he’s in “near remission,” though he is by no means out of danger yet.
“The doctors said they hadn’t seen this kind of positive result in their memory, he reported. “…some of the tumors have already shrunk by more than 50 percent,” during his ongoing chemotherapy. He told People that he’s elated and thankful for how far he has come, but knows that several more rounds of chemotherapy are yet in store, in the hope that his cancer will go into full remission.
During his televised diagnosis announcement on the “Jeopardy!” set, Trebek said, “Now normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this and I’m going to keep working.” He also asked his fans to pray for his recovery.
“I’ve got a couple million people out there who have expressed their good thoughts, their positive energy directed towards me and their prayers,” he told People when asked about the progress in his recovery. “I told the doctors, this has to be more than just the chemo, and they agreed it could very well be an important part of this. I’ve got a lot of love out there headed in my direction and a lot of prayer, and I will never ever minimize the value of that.”
Watch Trebek’s announcement of his cancer diagnosis in march of this year …
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