Jeopardy!'s Alex Trebek Donates $500,000 to Help Build a Shelter for Homeless Seniors
Earlier this year, the game show host donated $100,000 to the same nonprofit to help with another shelter
Alex Trebek is doing his bit to help others in the community.
On Tuesday, Alex, who was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer last year, stopped by one of the Hope of Valley Rescue Mission's shelters, which is currently under construction in North Hollywood.
Wearing a gold-colored bedazzled hard hat, the star was joined by wife, Jean Trebek and son, Matthew Trebek, who is a successful New York restaurateur. Alex and Jean are also parents to 27-year-old daughter Emily Trebek.
The shelter will soon have a wing named after Alex, which he donated $100,000 towards, according to TMZ.
Aside from his site visit, the game show host also made another generous donation to Hope of Valley Rescue Mission to help fund another shelter that will support homeless seniors, the website reports.
Alex gave the nonprofit $500,000 to help fund a 50,000-square-foot facility which will be located in San Fernando Valley, the found told TMZ on Wednesday.
In March, Alex celebrated surviving one year since his 2019 cancer diagnosis.
In a video, the Jeopardy! host noted that despite there being only an 18 percent one-year survival rate for patients, he had passed that milestone — and plans to celebrate another one next year.
"I am very happy to report that I have just reached that marker," Alex said, referring to the survival statistic.
Still, he admitted the journey hasn't been easy, having fought several ups and downs.
Last May, Alex told PEOPLE that his first round of chemo had gone so well that some of his tumors had shrunk by 50 percent. However, later in the summer, he said his numbers had gone back up, and he would undergo another round of chemo — the side effects of which could leave him feeling depleted and oftentimes, depressed.
But, he prevailed.
“Sudden massive attacks of great depressions that made me wonder if it was really worth fighting on,” he said in the video. “But I brushed that aside quickly, because that would have been a massive betrayal — a betrayal of my wife and soulmate Jean, who has helped me survive. A betrayal of other cancer patients who have looked to me as an inspiration, and a cheerleader of sorts of the value of living and hope.”
Alex has been open and candid about his health journey and revealed in April that he is set to publish an "inspiring" memoir titled The Answer Is...: Reflections on My Life, which will be released by Simon & Schuster on July 21.
He had been resisting requests that he write a memoir for decades. But after he announced his diagnosis in March 2019, Alex was so moved by the letters and words of support he received that he decided to share his story.
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“I want people to know a little more about the person they have been cheering on for the past year,” Alex writes in his book, according to the publisher.
In The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life, Alex shares personal anecdotes and reveals his thoughts on topics like marriage, fatherhood and spirituality. Inspired by the show that Alex has hosted for more than 30 years, each chapter title takes the form of a question. He answers frequently-asked questions by Jeopardy! fans, like why he shaved his mustache and what he thinks about Will Ferrell’s Saturday Night Live impersonation. He also includes dozens of previously unpublished photos.
“Today, when there is so much uncertainty and turmoil in the world, Alex Trebek is a beacon of stability and positivity,” said Sean Manning, executive editor at Simon & Schuster, in a statement. “This wise, charming and inspiring book is further evidence why he has long been considered one of the most beloved and respected figures in entertainment.”