Alex Trebek: A Life Lived Forward

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020


“If we take it just one day at a time, with a positive attitude, anything is possible.”

                                                                                                                              ~ Alex Trebek

 

After nearly two years of fighting Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer, Alex Trebek, the beloved host of the iconic syndicated game show Jeopardy!, recently passed away. The revered Canadian-born television host-turned-philanthropist passed away at the age of 80 and was surrounded by friends and family. 

In March of 2019, Mr. Trebek revealed to the world the devastating news that he had been diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer, a type of cancer that usually shortens an individual’s lifespan to a matter of months. 

This past March, Mr. Trebek shared with the world the news that he had been in the fortunate 18% to reach the one year mark since his initial diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer. With typical Trebekian wit, he quipped that, “There were some good days, but a lot of not-so-good days. I joked with friends that the cancer won’t kill me, the chemo treatments will.”

These treatments were initially quite successful and his cancer went into remission. However, to everyone’s great dismay, the subsequent immunotherapy regiment he was on did not take effect, and his cancer returned. 

A seven-time Daytime Emmy Winner for Outstanding Game Show Host, Mr. Trebek made his audience feel as though they were a part of the action of Jeopardy!; his constant calming and scholarly presence over the years has been a nightly staple in many households across the world. His dualistic boyish charm and esoteric wit fostered a love for learning that created generations of trivia enthusiasts. 

The passion that he felt for his fellow man, reflected in his philanthropic endeavors, will leave an impact just as large. Notably, he worked with children in developing nations to overcome adversity caused by poverty, traveled abroad to boost the morale of American servicemen, and even personally funded awards for recent college graduates who he believed could change the world.   

It is hard to tell what aspect of Alex Trebek’s life had the largest impact on the world. Whether you watched Jeopardy! or were familiar with his philanthropic work one thing is for certain: 

The world is a better place because Alex Trebek lived in it.

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Samuel Mangold-Lenett is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and current student at the University of Cincinnati studying English Literature and Political Science. Having a deep passion for the Midwestern United States, Sam is dedicated to uplifting the men and women that are too often overlooked by mass media and popular culture. Sam is also the Editor-in-Chief for the Cincinnati Republic, an alternative conservative media outlet that is based out of his home town.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Samuel Mangold-Lenett

Samuel Mangold-Lenett is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and current student at the University of Cincinnati studying English Literature and Political Science. Having a deep passion for the Midwestern United States, Sam is dedicated to uplifting the men and women that are too often overlooked by mass media and popular culture. Sam is also the Editor-in-Chief for the Cincinnati Republic, an alternative conservative media outlet that is based out of his home town.

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