TV personality Alex Trebek may be battling cancer, but he is doing all he can to help others in their fight as well.
“As you all know, survivorship is measured starting from the date you are diagnosed with cancer,” the 78-year-old, who was recently diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, told the crowd at the PurpleStride Los Angeles on Saturday, May 4. “And on that scale, my gosh, I am a 62-day survivor.”
“All of you guys here have done what Jeopardy! James has done on our television show and that is, in terms of fundraising, you have exceeded expectations,” the host added — referring to the game show’s winner James Holzhauer who passed the $1 million mark in winnings last month.
Alex continued, “Ladies and gentlemen, the survivors who will help get the message across that there is hope and if we keep working at it, we will beat cancer,” adding that he hopes to “match their accomplishments” and come out on top in his own battle.
Back in March, Alex revealed to the world of his diagnosis. “Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working. And with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease,” he said in a video message at the time.
“Truth told, I have to! Because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy! for three more years! So help me. Keep the faith and we’ll win. We’ll get it done. Thank you.”
Earlier this week, Alex gave an update on his health during an interview with Good Morning America. “My oncologist tells me I’m doing well,” he told Robin Roberts on Wednesday, May 1. Though things seem to be looking up for the star, he confessed there are still days when he experiences “surges of deep, deep sadness.” When that happens he admitted “it brings tears to my eyes.”
Stay strong, Alex!