Longtime “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek offered a message of support Monday for Rep. John LewisJohn LewisTrump and Biden should stop denigrating US elections Democrats say change to filibuster just a matter of time Despite Senate setbacks, the fight for voting rights is far from over MORE (D-Ga.) as both men fight stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
“We’re starting a new year, and let’s see if we can’t both complete the year as pancreatic cancer survivors,” Trebek said, according to the Associated Press, noting that he and Lewis are the same age — 79.
Lewis made his cancer prognosis public last Sunday. In a statement announcing the news, the civil rights icon said he plans to begin treatment within the next several weeks.
“I have been in some kind of fight — for freedom, equality, basic human rights – for nearly my entire life. I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now," Lewis said.
The Georgia Democrat also made it clear that he plans to resume his work in Congress while undergoing treatment.
“I may miss a few votes during this period, but with God’s grace I will be back on the front lines soon,” he said.
Trebek, who revealed his own cancer diagnosis last March, remains similarly resolute in not letting it slow him down, stating that he plans to remain on "Jeopardy!" until his skills “diminish.”
Trebek has in the past 10 months become a vocal supporter of raising global awareness around pancreatic cancer.
Last October, the popular TV host filmed a public service announcement with the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition to encourage awareness around the illness.
“I wish I had known sooner that the persistent stomach pain I experienced prior to my diagnosis was a symptom of pancreatic cancer,” he said.