On the last episode of James Holzhauer's long run at Jeopardy Alex Trebek thanked the master of a get-well card from his daughter in response to the host's fight with pancreatic cancer: " I want to express my thanks to your beautiful little daughter, Natasha, for making this get-well card for me. It was very sweet to her. "CNN reports that the exchange received Ann Zedikera's attention in Naperville, Illinois, where Holzhauer once lived. She contacted him to see if they would attend this summer's Naperville Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, an event she was fundraising to tell CNN: "At the end of the day I had nothing to lose … My heart told me that it was the right thing to do. "
Holzhauer wrote back declining to go on the trip, but sent a check for $ 1,109.14 with the message" For Alex Trebek and all the other survivors. "The check amount refers to Holzhauer's daughter's birthday . Last month, Trebek announced that his cancer was in "near remission" despite his first phase 4 diagnosis.
The master and host also had a reunion this week: Trebek presented at the NHL show in Las Vegas, in one of his first public appearances since his diagnosis, and Holzhauer joined him at the event. Holzhauer said that Trebek promised that "he would be there when Jeopardy welcomes me" and also regrets the alarmingly huge camera angle.