Nine days after Alex Trebek revealed that he is currently battling stage IV pancreatic cancer, he took to YouTube one more time to say “thank you” to his fans.
On March 6, the “Jeopardy!” host took to the show’s YouTube page to let his beloved fan-base know about his diagnosis and that he is prepared to fight despite the odds being stacked against him.
He said, in part:
“Now normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working. And with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers, also, I plan to beat the low survival rate statistics for this disease.”
Since his announcement, Trebek, 78, has received countless well-wishes through various social media platforms, as well as letters that have been sent to him.
Some of those messages included:
Tough to hear Alex Trebek is fighting cancer. Very good guy, TV icon no question. Prayers for Alex and his family.
— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) March 7, 2019
I'll take "Kick Cancers Ass" for $1000 Alex. Prayers up to my favorite game show host of all time 🙏 #AlexTrebek
— Matt Curry (@Believe_in_Bald) March 6, 2019
Watching Alex Trebek now, still a consummate professional with a great sense of humor. You're in my prayers and I know with all the Jeopardy fans pulling for you things will get better! 😘
— bobofromboston (@bobofromboston) March 14, 2019
Prayers out to Alex Trebek- awesome dude, American legend #beatit
— Jacob (@Jacob05889464) March 12, 2019
People have even reshared some of Trebek’s most “savage” moments during his 35 years as host:
Another classic Alex Trebek moment. This dude is a savage pic.twitter.com/PSmBA6ZmnH
— MyBookie Betting Odds (@betmybookie) March 7, 2019
We need Alex Trebek to beat cancer. No one else can make you feel bad for not knowing the 3rd emperor of the Ming Dynasty then dunk on you for being a nerd like he can. Best of luck to him in his battle pic.twitter.com/Ipr9qTEo8J
— Clemson Carl (@ClemsonCarl) March 7, 2019
a reminder that Alex Trebek is and always will be the 🐐pic.twitter.com/5aegsv17u6
— UPROXX (@UPROXX) March 7, 2019
And just before the start of the episode of “Jeopardy!” that aired on March 14, Trebek released another prerecorded video thanking the “hundreds of thousands of people” who sent him prayers and good thoughts.
Watch his full message below:
He said in the video:
“Hi everyone, I just want to take a few moments to say thanks to the – believe it or not – hundreds of thousands of people who have sent in tweets, texts, emails, cards and letters wishing me well following my recent health announcement. I’ve heard from former contestants – even Watson, the IBM computer, sent me a get-well card.
Now obviously, I won’t be able to respond to all of you individually, but I do want you to know that I do read everything I receive. And I am thankful for the kind words, the prayers and the advice you have offered, and I’m extremely touched by the warmth you have expressed in your comments to me.
He concluded, “I’m a lucky guy.”