How Alex Trebek’s Widow Still Honors Him Three Years After His Death
It is hard to believe that it has been three years since longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. His wife, Jean Trebek continues to honor him and his incredible legacy. She recently appeared on TODAY to talk about how she partnered with Stand Up to Cancer to launch the Alex Trebek Fund.
The fund will help support scientists who are currently working on new screening and treatment options for pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is a notoriously deadly type of cancer and by the time most people are diagnosed, they don’t have much time or options left.
She shared, “This was something that Alex actually would champion. He loved a good challenge. He was very curious. He loved to know the answers both at ‘Jeopardy’ and at home. I think this really coincides with his character, his spirit of helping others and finding the right answers.”
Even when dealing with cancer treatments, Trebek kept working and hosting Jeopardy! as well as aimed to help other people detect cancer sooner. He joined the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition’s global awareness initiative in 2019 and released a public service announcement sharing some of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer, including stomach pain and fatigue.
This month also marks Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and is a good time to read up on some of the symptoms, signs, and risk factors of the cancer not just for yourself but to watch for the symptoms in your loved ones as well. If you’re interested in reading more about the Alex Trebek Fund or donating, click here.