Saturday marked the two year anniversary of the day that the late “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek announced to the world that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. To mark the occasion, his daughter Nicky took to Instagram to pay tribute to him by posting a photo of herself with her dad alongside the hashtag “#missingyoueveryday.”
“It was 2 years ago today while we were working on the @jeopardy set that my dad bravely stepped out in front of the camera to announce he had been diagnosed with #pancreaticcancer,” she wrote in the caption. “He brought much-needed #awareness to this terrible disease and provided #hope to so many struggling. I’m beyond proud of him for his courage and integrity throughout his illness.”
“So I’m continuing what he started and will fight for everyone affected by pancreatic cancer,” she added. “That’s why I support the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in their #mission to improve patient outcomes. You can too by visiting and donating at http://PanCAN.org.”
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It was in March of 2019 that Trebek announced his cancer diagnosis.
“Hi everyone, I have some news to share with all of you. And it’s in keeping with my longtime policy of being open and transparent with our Jeopardy fanbase. I also wanted to prevent you from reading or hearing some overblown or inaccurate reports regarding my health,” he said at the time, according to People Magazine. “So therefore, I wanted to be the one to pass along this information. Now, just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.”
Trebek tragically lost his battle with cancer in November of last year at the age of 80. Trebek filmed his final “Jeopardy!” episodes just ten days before his death, and he had a powerful message for fans at the time.
“Now today, a different kind of message,” he said. “This is the season of giving. I know you want to be generous with your family, your friends, your loved ones, but today I’d like you to go one step further.”
“I’d like you to open up your hands and open up your heart to those who are still suffering because of COVID-19,” he added. “People who are suffering through no fault of their own. We’re trying to build a gentler, kinder society. And if we all pitch in just a little bit, we’re gonna get there.”