Avi Gupta, 18 won the teen Jeopardy! tournament earlier this year and he decided to donate over $10,000 of his winning cash prize to cancer research.
The Columbia University freshman won the game shows $100,000 grand prize and this week he cut a check for $10,314 check to the Oregon Health and Science University’s Knight Cancer Institute. Interesting number don’t you think? Turns out, the “$314” is a salute to the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter aka “pi.” In his words, it represents a “lifelong love of learning and math and science.”
This #PancreaticCancerAwarenessMonth, join us in the fight to #EndCancer. Working with Alex on @Jeopardy was an honor, and I hope the #Jeopardy community will join me in honoring him. #InspiredBy https://t.co/ZOloI3vzwO
— Avi Gupta (@avigupta33) November 2, 2019
His donation will help a cause close to his heart- early detection of pancreatic cancer. He did so in the name of the game show host, Alex Trebek, who has diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic cancer in march of this year.
Gupta stated, “This is in honor of Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, a man who’s been a role model for me my whole life… I hope it makes a difference.”
Turns out he’s not the only winning contestant to donate winnings in Trebek’s name. James Holzhauer offered his support in the fight against pancreatic cancer after he won over $2,462,216 after competing in thirty-two straight games.
This 18-year-old ‘Jeopardy!’ champion donated $10,000 of his winnings to pancreatic cancer research in Alex Trebek’s honor pic.twitter.com/72g9P4lMjE
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) November 7, 2019