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Jeopardy! James Makes Another Donation--In Honor of Alex Trebek!

The donation to his hometown pancreatic cancer walk honors the Jeopardy! host, who says he's in "near remission."


Jeopardy! champion James Holzhauer is continuing his string of generosity after he won more than $2.4 million in a historic run on the game show. Now his latest donation has a special connection to the show.

Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler who lives in Las Vegas, donated $1,109.14 to a pancreatic cancer charity walk in his hometown of Naperville, IL. Holzhauer made the donation in honor of longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek. Trebek announced to fans earlier this year he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer--but just last month said he was in near remission !

Organizers of the Naperville Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk told NBC News the donation was accompanied by the message, "For Alex Trebek and all the other survivors," and that the amount was a reference to Holzhauer's daughter's birthday: November 9, 2014 .

Holzhauer made the donation in honor of Alex Trebek, who was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer this year.

This won't surprise fans of Jeopardy! James--during his 32 game winning streak he often based his Daily Double and Final Jeopardy wagers off of loved ones' birthdays, his wedding anniversary and other significant dates.

As Holzhauer's historic run came to an end--he left the show with the top 16 highest one-day scores--he continued to win over the hearts of Jeopardy! fans by making a series of donations to children's charities in the Las Vegas area .

The Naperville Pancreatic Cancer Walk raises money for the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. You can click here for more information on how the Foundation funds research into the aggressive cancer.

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