Last fall we brought you the story of Avi Gupta, a young Jeopardy! champion who won a whopping $100,000 on the trivia game show and then donated $10,000 of his winnings to cancer research.
A teenager from Oregon, Gupta made the donation to the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute after learning that Alex Trebek, who he cites as his childhood hero, was suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Trebek has been open about his diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer and fans of the show and beyond have rallied around the long-serving host.
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
Now we’re delighted to update our previous story by reporting that Gupta hasn’t slowed down after his generous donation, in fact the Oregon teen has now raised an incredible $200,000 for cancer research by fundraising to add to his donation, telling Q13 Fox:
“I feel very excited that the campaign succeeded to this level. Beyond excited to share today that we’ve raised over $200,000 for pancreatic cancer, so that’s over 20 times increase over my initial donation.”
It’s wonderful to see that the long-running trivia show that celebrates knowledge, and its iconic host, have been able to inspire such generosity and activism in a new generation of thinkers.
Here’s wishing Trebek much-improved health and Gupta a long career of doing both the smart and the right thing.