Those moved by a Jeopardy contestant's support for Alex Trebek can pay homage to the beloved TV host in a different way. Dhruv Gaur and other contestants have organized a play-along tournament in which viewers are encouraged to donate $1 to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research for each correct answer they come up with during Thursday and Friday's shows, the last in the Tournament of Champions. Per KSFY, the fundraiser aims to honor both 79-year-old Trebek, who is battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and the late Jeopardy champion Larry Martin, who died from pancreatic cancer earlier this year.
Shutterfly has already donated $25,000 to the cause via Ellen DeGeneres, who sat down with Gaur for an interview airing Thursday, reports Entertainment Tonight. The Brown University student said he wanted to express love for Trebek in his answer to a Final Jeopardy question after a difficult conversation with the host, who was then resuming treatment. "We could really tell that, like, it was tough for him," Gaur said, per People. "So I was like, I could try to figure out the right answer or, you know, I could do something for this person who might need it right now." (He wrote, "What is 'We love you, Alex,'" on his card.) The Lustgarten Foundation says 100% of every donation goes directly to cancer research. (Read more Jeopardy stories.)