Earlier this week, the internet united together over the incredibly emotional moment on a recent episode of Jeopardy. A contestant, named Dhruv Gaur, opted to send host Alex Trebek a message of love instead of the correct answer in the "Final Jeopardy" round. The moment gained immediate attention on social media and even landed Gaur as an interviewee on The Ellen DeGeneres Show a few days later. Since then, the conversation around cancer research has also increased. And Alex Trebek donated $10 million to the University of Ottawa and had even more tributes in his honour for cancer research organizations.

Before the Jeopardy episode aired this week, Trebek already made a donation of over a million dollars to uOttawa during a homecoming celebration visit. 

The university is significant to him because he graduated from there in 1961 with a degree in Philosophy. 

In early October, Trebek donated an incredible $2.1 million according to a media release from the university. They said that his donation increased his total contributions to $9.5 million.

And this month, he decided to even out the number to a whopping $10 million. The university shared that the money will help support the "Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue" that was created in 2016. 

But Trebek isn't the only one sending money and support to cancer research organizations.

Dhruv Gaur was invited on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show to share more information about his viral Jeopardy moment on Twitter.

He told DeGeneres that the episode was actually filmed back in September when Trebek first shared the news that he had to reenter chemotherapy to fight his pancreatic cancer.

Gaur also said that he and his fellow contestants made a fun and generous deal to donate to cancer research. 

He said, "during the finals of the Tournament Of Champions that will be airing, we will be playing along at home and for every question that we get right, we're gonna donate $1 to the Lustgarten Foundation to support pancreatic cancer research." 

Gaur shared information on Twitter about the play-along tribute as well.

And, because DeGeneres is also an incredibly generous person, she told Gaur that in honour of him and Trebek, Shutterfly will be donating $25,000 towards pancreatic cancer research.

If that isn't heartwarming enough for you, just a week before this episode aired, another teenager who met Trebek as a contestant on Jeopardy, also announced his donation to cancer research.

Avi Gupta, an 18-year-old who won $100,000 on the show in the summer, announced in a video on Twitter that he donated $10,000 to the Night Cancer Institute to honour Trebek's cancer battle. 

In his video, Gupta said that Trebek is "someone I've looked up to my whole life".

He also said that the goal of the foundation is, "to support research into pancreatic cancer awareness and early detection" and encouraged others to donate as well. 

The increasing amount of awareness and donations to cancer research is a truly inspiring moment and something to consider as we head into the holiday season.


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