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Alex Trebek Donates $100,00 to Los Angeles Homeless Shelter

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By Nora Pattugalan

Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek has told in an interview this week with Fox News that “Homelessness is a serious problem.” Where there is a problem, there is a solution. Trebek toured a North Hollywood homeless shelter. He invited CEO Ken Craft of Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission.

The new shelter would provide those in need. The organization aims to provide shelter, showers for individuals, medical and mental health referrals. Amidst his stage 4 pancreatic cancer, treatment, and ‘Jeopardy!’, Alex Trebek still wishes to do good.

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In March 2019, it was revealed that Trebek was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, where the survival rate is 3 percent. Flooding the media with such news, the host was confident to make it through even the worst of times with this diagnosis.

In 2019, he spoke to CTV’s Lisa LaFlamme stating "The thought of the pancreatic cancer does not frighten me. I'm 79 years old. So, hey, I've lived a good life, a full life, and I'm nearing the end of that life. I know that.”

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As of today, it is one year after the Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer diagnosis. Through a rather tough year, the host was once again interviewed. He has gone through treatment, resuming chemotherapy and such. Physically and mentally, there came struggles and pain.

Even with a slight pinch of doubt, Trebek did not hide how he felt about the condition, treatments, and how it’s affecting everyone around him. Being a long-time public television host, this is a lot to take in.

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During his chemotherapy, the side effects tapped into Alex Trebek’s mental health. Other than chemotherapy, Trebek had said he dealt with other treatments. However, the chemotherapy was something else. He was doing well physically during treatments, cooperating, and going to appointments. Although, deep down, pain has swept throughout.

While this all may be depressing and forlorn, Alex Trebek’s outlook on life will inspire and continue to inspire everyone about what cancer does and how impactful it can be on an individual. Trebek may have opened up discussions on the types of cancer and what can be done about it.

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The $100,000 donation towards the California homeless shelter was not out of pity, but was intended to do something good. When you are shrouded by doubt, facing battles, the least you would do is think of doing something good.

The gesture of donating to a homeless shelter may bring up another topic, a discussion on the struggles of homelessness. Perhaps, there will be talks of what can be done to help the crisis improve one step at a time. As Alex Trebek makes it through, this shows that any problem can be resolved if you just stop and think about what to do for it.

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