‘Jeopardy!’ champ James Holzhauer honors Alex Trebek with pancreatic cancer donation

This image made from video aired on "Jeopardy!" on Tuesday, April 9. 2019, and provided by Jeopardy Productions, Inc. shows James Holzhauer. The 34-year-old professional sports gambler from Las Vegas won more than $110,000 on "Jeopardy!" on Tuesday, breaking the record for single-day cash winnings. (Jeopardy Productions, Inc. via AP) ORG XMIT: NYHK206 (Photo: AP)

“Jeopardy!” champion James Holzhauer made a donation to a pancreatic cancer research walk in his hometown in honor of Alex Trebek. 

“Jeopardy!” host Trebek announced in March he’s battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer. In May, the longtime host of the popular TV game show said he’s in “near remission.” 

Holzhauer donated $1,109.14, “For Alex Trebek and all the other survivors,” to the Naperville Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk campaign page of Ann Zediker, a native of Naperville, Illinois, where Holzhauer used to live. 

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The amount is a reference to Holzhauer’s daughter’s birthday: Nov. 9, 2014. 

Zediker told the Chicago Tribune she reached out to Holzhauer to see if he’d be interested in joining the walk, which takes place July 14. She told the newspaper Holzhauer declined but sent a donation instead. 

“My gut told me it was the right thing to do,” she told the Tribune. “It couldn’t hurt.”

Zediker’s father died in 2010 of pancreatic cancer, according to the Tribune. 

“I’m just a Naperville mom, but I have to do something about this disease,” Zediker told the newspaper. “The only hope I have is research.”

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The walk raises funds for the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. The nonprofit dedicates 100% of donations to pancreatic cancer research.

Holzhauer rose to fame during his 33-day run on the popular quiz show. He won $2,464,216, including $2,000 for his second-place finish to Emma Boettcher, who unseated him. He fell $56,484 short of the all-time record set by Ken Jennings. 

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