Alex Trebek, host of the game show Jeopardy!, recently met with other pancreatic cancer survivors at a fundraising event. #TeamAlex nearly doubled their fundraising goal for pancreatic cancer research! He also gave an emotional speech at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s PurpleStride walk in Los Angeles, where he invited all the survivors to join him onstage.
The 78-year-old has been battling stage four pancreatic cancer and has vowed to not become a statistic (as the prognosis for pancreatic cancer is very grim). It’s safe to say these pancreatic cancer survivors are keeping him trucking along!
“As you all know, survivorship is measured starting by the date you are diagnosed with cancer. And on that scale, my gosh, I’m a 62-day survivor,” Trebek said, “I promise you this, if I become a 22-year survivor, you will all be welcome at my 100th birthday.”
Trebek revealed his cancer diagnosis personally to the entire world through a video message on YouTube. He said he wanted everyone to get their news straight from him, and not from any other news outlets that might get it wrong. However, thankfully, in an update from last month, he said the treatment is going well and he’s feeling good!
I’m thrilled that Alex Trebek was able to join us this morning at @PanCANLA’s #PurpleStride. The strength and positivity he demonstrates in the face of #pancreaticcancer is inspiring to us all. We continue to #WageHope in honor of survivors like you, Alex. pic.twitter.com/qBcSswKv7P
— Julie Fleshman (@JulieFleshman) May 4, 2019
In the same update from last month, he has said that he plans on returning to Jeopardy! for its 36th season after he had filmed 50 episodes at the time! The man just doesn’t stop going! He will continue to undergo treatment until then and while he continues hosting the game show.
It’s clear that the people who Trebek works with on a regular basis at these game shows truly value him as a person. Nearly 200 staff members from Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune came out to the event to walk as members of #TeamAlex.
Harry Friedman, executive producer of Jeopardy!, revealed that the group’s goal was to help raise at least $35,000 for pancreatic cancer research, and came out with a whopping $60,000+ for their team! #TeamAlex is also accepting donations from the public… click here if you’re interested in donating to a hugely important cause!
“When Alex made his announcement about his diagnosis, his immediate reaction was: ‘I’m going to beat it, I’m going to be a survivor and we will get it done.‘” Friedman said, “That has been his mantra and our motto and we wear it proudly every day.”