Alex Trebek Delivers a Heartfelt Speech While Sharing the Stage with Cancer Survivors: ‘There’s Hope’
Alex Trebek stood as a voice of hope and inspiration for all who battle cancer as he delivered a speech on Saturday. The “Jeopardy” host was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer two months ago.
Apart from being the hit game show, “Jeopardy’s,” host, Alex Trebek is also a name in Hollywood known for his charitable works and long going career. In his most recent talk, Trebek, 78, shared his “hope” amid his battle against cancer.
“As you all know, survivorship is measured starting from the date you are diagnosed with cancer and on that scale – my gosh – I’m a 62-day survivor. Give me a break. But I’m working on it. And I promise you this: That if I become a 22-year survivor, you will all be welcomed at my 100th birthday,” he said.
The game show host’s speech was delivered on Saturday morning at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network walk at the Los Angeles Zoo. Trebek referenced a fellow cancer survivor of 22 years who spoke before him and a recent “Jeopardy” show winner, James Holzhauer.
Just last week, the 78-year-old shared on “Good Morning America” that he has been feeling “deep sadness” over his illness, despite his oncologist telling him he has been doing well.
However, he also realized that he is still blessed despite his diagnosis because of the overwhelming amount of love and support he continuously receives from family, friends, colleagues, and fans.
“Quite often you don’t get that during your lifetime. After you’ve passed, after you’re dead, people say, ‘He was such a good guy, we really liked him.’ But I’m getting that all before that event and it makes me feel really, really good,” said Trebek.
“Jeopardy” is currently on summer hiatus, but will resume for its 36th season, as assured by Trebek in a video message he made for his fans, which also included his gratefulness for the “messages of encouragement and support” he has received.
That’s a wrap! pic.twitter.com/iV0Of8xCEj— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) April 17, 2019
Trebek has hosted the show since its first premiere in September 1984 and has contributed significantly to the success of the long-standing show today, having thousands of loyal watchers and contestants.