Alex Trebek will forever live in the hearts of Jeopardy! fans all across the world. He was a one-of-a-kind person and just as amazing of a game show host. While his legend will focus on his game show work, there are many other things that he will be remembered for.
Arguably the most important thing he was known for was how generous he was. Trebek loved to offer his support to people in any way he could.
When the late Jeopardy! host was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he had an epic battle with it. He passed away 20 months after his diagnosis, much longer than he was expected to live. After the diagnosis, many people reached out to him for his support. Being the incredible person that he was, of course, he obliged them.
During an interview with ABC7 anchor David Ono, he shared a lot about his fight with pancreatic cancer. While shooting, Trebek told Ono that he had suffered a setback in his battle. But, he explained that he was going to continue the fight for his life as hard as he could.
The Jeopardy! host also talked about helping other people deal with their diagnoses. Responding to a question about the positives of being open about his struggle Trebek said, “Well, first of all, that I hope I am an influence out there.”
Trekek continued, “I am constantly getting mail from people who say, ‘I have just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.'” He also described how people write into him asking if he would reach out to friends or family members who are afflicted with the disease.
The Legendary “Jeopardy!” Host Was Almost Overwhelmed With People Asking for Support
Oftentimes, the request is so that he might be able to offer some advice on how to deal with the news. “Could you maybe pick up the phone and call this lady and talk to her.”
Of course, the Jeopardy! would do his best to oblige the request. “In the last tow or three days, I’ve had to do that four or five times with people. What I tell them is the same thing that I’ve been saying since day one.
“Just make up your mind that you’re going to be a cancer survivor. Be optimistic. There are going to be bad days, and understand that you’ll deal with them. They won’t kill you right then.”
Trebek has always used his influence to do what he believes is the right thing to do. As a result, he has helped countless people overcome a wide variety of issues. But, the Jeopardy! host continued to share that his goal is to help other overcome the same affliction as him.
He then explained that he has the same treatment as everyone else gets with pancreatic cancer. He also said, “Hey, try to be as positive as you can. Relish the fact that you’ve had another day. That’s a pretty good deal,” Trebek said.
This is just one of the many examples out there of Trebek going out of his way to help others. This was a common theme throughout his career. The Jeopardy! host is certainly missed by many people.