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Lethbridge woman looks back on meeting Alex Trebek in honour of World Pancreatic Cancer Day

November 19, 2020

Today marks World Pancreatic Cancer Day. It coincides with the death of Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, who passed away from the deadly disease just over a week ago. A Lethbridge woman who was a guest on Jeopardy earlier this year says Trebek was a kind hearted man, even when he was dealing with the disease.

When Sharon Lawson was a contestant on Jeopardy, she won her first game, but the real highlight was meeting Alex Trebek. The popular gameshow host for Jeopardy hosted the show for 37 years until his death from Pancreatic Cancer on November 8, 2020.

Lawson says that Trebek didn't talk about his cancer battle during the filming of Jeopardy, but he wanted to raise awareness, "Pancreatic is a fairly undiagnosed cancer. A lot of the time it doesn't get diagnosed until Stage 4, and by then it's way too late to do much about it. I know he wanted to bring people's attention to it, so that people can catch it early, and hopefully get treated in time."

Trebek taped Jeopardy sessions until October, and Lawson says that there was days that Trebek was out filming in constant pain, "Somehow being out on that stage sustained him, and kept him going, and gave him the strength to keep going for as long as he did."

The last show that Trebek taped will be featured on Christmas Day this year.