Published: Thu, June 20, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

James Holzhauer donates to pancreatic cancer walk in honor of Alex Trebek

James Holzhauer donates to pancreatic cancer walk in honor of Alex Trebek

The 'Jeopardy!' superstar who earned over $2.4 million as a contestant on the show has donated a portion of his winnings to a Chicago-area pancreatic cancer walk in Alex Trebek's name.

James Holzhauer is giving back to Alex Trebek in a big way as the Jeopardy! host continues his fight against pancreatic cancer.

In the donation, he reportedly wrote, "For Alex Trebek and all the other survivors". 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. He's since said he's in near-remission.

"Thank you also to our walk leader Ann Zediker for reaching out to James and securing his support for the Naperville Walk!" read a message on the charity event's website.

Holzhauer responded that he couldn't attend, but donated $1,109.14, the Tribune reported.

"I want to express my thanks to your lovely little daughter, Natasha, for having made this get-well card for me", Trebek said at the beginning of the show.

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"This week, I was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer".

"There was no expectation on my end", Zediker said.

"Former Jeopardy! champion and Naperville native James Holzhauer made a generous donation to the Naperville Walk, raising disease awareness and additional research funding".

The 78-year-old told People last month that his doctors said he's been responding so well to chemotherapy that some of his tumors have shrunk by 50 percent.

In his "Jeopardy!" run, Holzhauser won US$2,464,216 in total, but fell $56,484 short of the all-time winnings record set by Ken Jennings.

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