‘Jeapordy’ Winner Honors Alex Trebek with $10K Donation to Cancer Research

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.”

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.

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