Story at a glance

  • The 18-year-old donated more than $10,000 of his winnings in June in honor of “Jeopardy!” Host Alex Trebek.
  • He called on others to donate what they could for the cause and to use the hashtag #InspiredBy.
  • Trebek announced in March he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

A teen “Jeopardy!” champ from Portland is doing more than his part to honor the game show’s host, Alex Trebek, 79, who revealed in March that he is fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer. 

After winning the “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament back in June, Avi Gupta donated more than $10,000 of his $100,000 winnings to Oregon Health & Science University’s Knight Cancer Institute. 

“When I learned of his diagnosis, I felt called to help in some way,” the 18-year-old Gupta told KGW8.

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But that was just the beginning. Gupta went on to ask others to donate what they could for the good cause. He asked donors to post about it on social media using the hashtag #InspiredBy in order to recognize those they donated in honor of. 

Gupta announced Wednesday that since winning the tournament last year, the campaign has raised more than $200,000 for pancreatic cancer research.

“It’s incredible, it’s beyond my wildest expectations that we could have made such an impact,” Gupta said. 

“It would not be possible without the outstanding work of the OHSU Foundation, support from all the donors from across the country, and across the world who join us in honoring Alex Trebek and all the people who inspire them. Our hope is that with the support of this campaign, we’ll be able to move closer to our goal of ending cancer.” 

The Portland teen is attending Columbia University in New York City. 

Published on Jan 16, 2020