‘Jeopardy!’ star James Holzhauer donates to cancer walk in Alex Trebek's name

Lawrence Kim
Июня 20, 2019

The Jeopardy! champion, who walked away with almost $2.5 million after his 32-game streak, has donated part of his prize money to a Chicago-area pancreatic cancer walk in honor of the show's host, Alex Trebek.

The walk is to raise money to find a cure for the same type of cancer that afflicts "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek.

Trebek, who broke the news of his illness in March while filming the same season Holzhauer appeared in, is now battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Here's how it happened: During what would be the contestant's final episode, Trebek praised Holzhauer's daughter for a handmade card. "That was very sweet of her".

James Holzhauer is making a special donation to a walk in IL to raise money to find a cure for the same type of cancer that afflicts "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek.

A fundraiser in the walk, Ann Zediker, told CNN that she reached out to Holzhauer because of his connection to the town.

So, Zediker made a decision to reach out to Holzhauer and see if he might be able to take part in the 2019 Naperville Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk on July 14.

But then it dawned on her - the number represented his daughter Natasha's birthday.

Holzhauer won $2,462,216 during his time on the show, leaving him a little more than $58,000 shy of the record for earnings set by Ken Jennings in 2004.

The former champ sent her a donation for $1,109.14 with the message, "For Alex Trebek and all the other survivors".

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