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Alex Trebek Announces Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis

Update: Alex Trebek shared a video on April 17, 2019 explaining that “despite what you may have heard, I’m feeling good, I’m continuing with my therapy, and we, by we the staff, is already working on our next season, the 36th year of Jeopardy. So I look forward to seeing you once again in September with all kinds of good stuff.” Alex Trebek, the host of TV game show “Jeopardy” for 35 years, announced he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer on Wednesday.In a video posted on the Jeopardy Twitter page, Trebek said he had news to share that was in keeping with his “longtime policy of being open and transparent” with Jeopardy viewers. He said he also wanted to prevent “overblown and inaccurate” reports about his health.He shared: Just like 50,000 other people in the US each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now normally the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working, and with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rates statistics for this disease.Truth told, I have to, because under the terms of my contract, I have to host Jeopardy for three more years. So help me. Keep the faith, and we’ll win. We’ll get it done. “Want to connect with others who have cancer? Follow The Mighty’s cancer page , where you can share your Thoughts and Questions with the cancer community. Watch the entire video here: A Message from Alex Trebek:— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) March 6, 2019 Pancreatic cancer causes symptoms like pain in the abdomen or back, weight loss, nausea, digestive problems and diabetes. Treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and/or clinical trials. The one-year survival rate is 20 percent and the five-year survival rate is 7 percent. The low survival rate is because by the time of diagnosis, most people’s tumors have already spread such that surgery is not possible, according to the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.Fans took to Twitter to express their support of Trebek: Alex Trebek is hands down the person I’ve seen on my TV the most over the years and @Jeopardy is one of my favorite shows ever. Pulling for you Alex! #fuckcancer— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) March 6, 2019 In re: Alex Trebek: A dear friend of my wife’s was diagnosed with the same illness in May of 2017. Same six-month prognosis. She attended our wedding a year later and we’re seeing her again next month. Miracles do happen.— Peter Sagal (@petersagal) March 6, 2019 Alex Trebek is the uncle at Thanksgiving who’s slightly disappointed you got a B this semester. He is irreplaceable.— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) March 6, 2019 I’ve said this before but Alex Trebek is in a way the last Cronkite: authoritative, reassuring TV voice you hear every night, almost to the point of ritual.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) March 6, 2019 The Sajak family is deeply saddened to hear of Alex Trebek’s struggle with cancer. Our hearts go out to him and his family. But there is no one I know who is stronger and more determined, and I would never bet against him. We, and the entire country, are pulling for you, Alex.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) March 6, 2019 If you or a loved one is going through a pancreatic cancer diagnosis, check out these stories from people who have been there: A Few Critical Things That Helped Me Survive Pancreatic Cancer 10 Tips to Help You Get Organized After a Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis

Man on the Autism Spectrum, Kelvin Smith, to Compete on 'Jeopardy!'

Kelvin Smith, a Birmingham, Alabama man on the autism spectrum, will compete on “Jeopardy!” this Thursday. “As of the age of 10, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s,” Smith told Trebek in a promotional clip released ahead of Tuesday’s episode. “What that entails basically is I have a really hard time with social interactions and reading social cues.” Smith, has been a fan of the show since childhood and has spent the past 10 years trying to get on the show. Before his debut, he studied past champions and how they prepared for the show. “It’s a good message to send to other people with autism to know that you can do this, you can do this,” Smith told WIAT CBS 42. Beyond competing on “Jeopardy!,” Smith is currently enrolled in a doctorate degree program for chemical and biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech. According to CBS, Smith hopes to start a nonprofit for those on the spectrum interested in studying science, engineering, technology and math. Smith’s episode airs Thursday, November 2 at 2:30 pm ET on CBS.

Best Responses to Ken Jennings' Tweet About Hot Person In a Wheelchair

In an move reminiscent of Kayne West’s epic insensitivity to people with disabilities earlier this month, Ken Jennings tweeted the following on Monday: Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) September 22, 2014 Jennings, best known for his 74-game winning streak on “Jeopardy!,” has not removed or addressed the tweet, despite outcry from his followers. Many people have rightfully pointed out the offensiveness and ignorance of the statement. Here are a few examples of Twitter responses:   @KenJennings I just…how can you even think this is ok to say? I can’t even express how many levels this can be hurtful on. Goodbye.— Jordan Goldstein (@thetabyte) September 22, 2014 @KenJennings Wow. There are so many awful things about that sentence I don’t even know where to start. Maybe rethink this one.— harmony (@fonticulus) September 22, 2014   @KenJennings Really? Like being in a wheelchair makes them less appealing? Please think before spouting ableist nonsense.— Jess Banks (@ProfBanks) September 22, 2014 A few have also found funny and creative ways to show Jennings they disagree with his opinion. Check out some of our favorites: You mean I have no chance with #KenJennings ??!! Now I AM a sad hot person in a wheelchair. @KenJennings calm down, Kanye— Joey__T (@joey__t) September 22, 2014   Speaking as a hot person in a wheelchair, I’m glad I make @KenJennings sad.— Ally Craig (@mr_craig) September 23, 2014 When @KenJennings tweeted “Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair” pretty sure he meant it THIS way. #SoSad— Billy Anderson (@BillyAndersonYo) September 23, 2014   @KenJennings Nothings sadder than a smart person giving in to stupidity.— Ira Kates (@IraKates) September 22, 2014 I’ll take “Things you shouldn’t tweet” for $1000, Alex. RT @KenJennings: Nothing sadder than a hot person in a wheelchair.— Victoria Chiesa (@vrcsports) September 23, 2014 Jokes aside, we hope Jennings realizes the gravity of his tweet and makes a formal apology. Live Mighty. Like us on Facebook.